Shona McAndrew's painted papier-mâché sculptures, installations and paintings depict women in quiet private moments. Often life-size, her sculptures draw from personal experience and observation to call attention to the simultaneous banality and importance of fleeting, introspective, and vulnerable moments.
Informed by her experiences as a plus-size woman, and struggles with body-dysmorphia and societal expectations of womanhood, McAndrew portrays her female subjects (who are often friends) in honest and intimate moments in an unbroken stream of daydreams. Unembarrassed by their often exposed bodies and seemingly unaware of the viewer's careless voyeurism, Shona’s women ask us to valorise activities of body exploration, and forgetting to see one self through the critical eyes of others.
Born and raised in Paris, France, Shona McAndrew moved to the US to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Fine Arts at Brandeis University. She furthered her studies with a Masters in Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. McAndrew has exhibited her work across the US and Europe, with multiple solo exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia. She is represented by CHART, New York.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2023 / Rose-Tinted Glasses, CHART, New York
2021 / Just The Three Of Us, Art Omi, Ghent, US
2021 / Shona McAndrew: HAVEN, CHART, New York
2021 / Wednesday Night, The Abroms-Engel Institute of the Visual Arts at UAB, Birmingham
2020 / Emerging Philadelphia: Shona McAndrew, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2023 / (Forthcoming) Blouin Division, Montreal
2023 / Bellyache, CHART, New York
2023 / Snakes In the Grass, Newchild, Antwerp
2023 / Inner Matter, Galerie LJ, Paris
2022 / Intersect Art and Desing, CHART, Aspen CO
2022 / Domesticity, Nassima Landau Foundation,
2022 / We Are Family, New York Academy of Art, New York
2021 / FLESH, Newchild, Antwerp
2021 / This is America, Kunstraum Potsdam, Potsdam
2021 / Contemporary Domesticity, Taymour Grahne Projects, London