Shona McAndrew — Born 1990, Paris, France. Lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Represented by CHART, New York.
Shona McAndrew's painted papier-mâché sculptures, digital collages and paintings depict women in quiet private moments. Often life-size or slightly larger, her sculptures draw from personal experience and observation to call attention to the simultaneous banality and importance of fleeting, introspective, honest and vulnerable moments. Informed by her experiences as a plus size woman, of body-dysmorphia and struggles with societal expectations of womanhood, McAndrew imagines these figures as friends, allies and self portraits in states of reveal in an unbroken stream of daydreams. Unembarrassed by their often exposed bodies and seemingly unaware and unconcerned about the viewer's careless voyeurism, Shona’s women ask us to valorize activities of body exploration, self care and forgetting to see one self through the critical eyes of others.
Raised in Paris, France, McAndrew moved to the US to get her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Fine Arts at Brandeis University. She furthered her studies with a Masters in Fine Arts in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. McAndrew has had solo exhibitions at CHART Gallery, New York; and the Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia. She has also exhibited in group shows at Newchild Gallery, Antwerp; Stems Gallery, Brussels; Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami; and Allouche Benias Gallery, Athens. McAndrew and her work have been featured in the Huffington Post, CNN, ID Magazine, Bustle, Vice, Playboy, Whitehot Magazine and many more.
Bad Girls 2021 - Featured Work
acrylic on canvas
203.2 x 137.2 cm - 80 x 54 inches
Courtesy of the Artist and CHART, New York.