Caroline McGonigal



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Hanging in the Balance. Oil on canvas. Plastic re-imagined landscape.

Shadow Portrait. Fuji Instax. Kyoto, Japan

Glacier Ice Tunnel, Solheimajokull. Giclee print from oil on canvas.

Into the Earth, handmade ceramic stones with bodily imprints, painted

In the Space of Elsewhere. Indoor landscape created with down from the Creeping Thistle plant.


My work explores human existence through our connection with the natural environment. I seek to explore the parallel between them, and the fragility of both.

I consider myself a multi-media artist who uses whichever material is appropriate for the project at hand. I am inspired by natural ephemera such as shadow, smoke, and reflection due to their fleeting, temporary nature. Through the use of these materials, I aim to encourage viewers to consider our temporary existence and how important our interaction with our environment is.

Projects have included using the Creeping Thistle plant as material due to it's abundance around my studio in Kinghorn, and it's incredible transitory growth cycle. I like to compare the many stages of growth with the human ageing process. Other work has focused on immortalising fleeting moments of natural ephemera in painting or printmaking.

Whichever method I use to make work, it is with the intention of investigating our existence here and how our environment plays an important role in our lives.


I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, and I am based in Sea Loft studio in Kinghorn, Fife. My practice, like the natural world that I study, is constantly evolving, and I place no restriction on the media used to create work. I currently work between painting, printmaking, film and sculpture/installation.


2017 – Hope Scott Trust Award for Visual Arts

2016/17 – Fife Contemporary, Visual Arts Award

2012 – Cultural Grant from Fife Council for International Visual Arts collaboration with Hungary

I have exhibited in Scotland, Hungary and Japan. Further information regarding work and exhibitions is available at


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