Silvana Mclean



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Flank. Gesso with oil Glazes. 34 x 34 cm

Lines That Tell Us Where we Are. Mixed Media. 34 x 34 cm

Messages in Bottles. Mixed Media. 43 x 38 cm

Luminessence.Mixed Media on Paper. 57 x 77cm

Rift. Monoprint with stitching. 65 x 30 cm

Snowmelt 2. Collagraph. 52 x 57cm


‘This landscape is masterless and intractable in any terms that are human’.
Norman McCaig in ‘A man in Assynt’.

In March 2016 an Artist’s Residency in Siglufjordur, North Iceland, offered the opportunity of total immersion in this different environment.
Previous interests have been coastal and archaeological but since 2008 have also referenced the geological and glacial landscapes of Iceland.

As a painter and printmaker, the techniques of these two creative fields direct and influence each other. The expressive energy of working on large canvasses is in sharp contrast to the more technical aspects of printmaking. Resolving these differences of approach within myself keeps the working process fresh.

Initially this begins by gathering impressions, how cold it is, light/dark, wind and weather etc and then distilling the results. This first contact provides an enduring memory specific to that place. Drawing and wide experimentation with materials then create textural surfaces, working in layers to echo the geological creation of land and of history. Sketchbooks are important records of these explorations.

Iceland’s unique structure encourages an engagement with environmental issues. The land itself, continually scored by melting water from the ice caps, embodies the etching process. It’s vast landscapes are reflected in the scale of some of the paintings.

Seeing elements of how land is created has given me a deeper understanding of the formation of the landscape of Scotland and this re-connection may point to the direction of future work.


Born in Motherwell of Italian and Lithuanian parents, studied at Glasgow School of Art and currently interested by all points North.
I live in Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway recently a recipient of Creative Scotland's Creative Places Award and until 2010 taught Printmaking and Mixed Media at Dumfries and Galloway College. I'm currently looking forward to taking up a Residency in Siglufjordur, North Iceland in March 2016


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