Exercise Three // Siobhan McLaughlin

April 27 2020

Hi  Siobhan,   to kick off exercise one,  where are you? 

I’m currently in my studio in the garage at home, dungarees on, ready to paint. I’ve got some big 3x2m drawings hanging in the space to try and immerse myself in the lines/spark some new ideas!


How has your process changed since staying at home?

I think it’s become more reflective, instead of going out into the hills for physical research, I’m looking back at my past year of work. Robert Macfarlane, who wrote the introduction to Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, started an online ‘lockdown reading group’. Engaging with that and reading othersresponses to Shepherds writings has given me lots of think about.


Last or current song you listened to (no cheating, we all have naughty comforts)?

Plastic Boogie, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard!


and the last or current show/film/video you watched ?

Portrait of a Lady on Fire- it was absolutely gorgeous!


What are you reading right now?

I’ve got a few on the go. Having a look through the exhibition catalogue from Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works, as I’m curating a centenary anniversary exhibition of Davie’s work to be held in September in Edinburgh.  Also reading Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and How to Fail by Elizabeth Day.


What's the last thing you cooked? (recipes welcome!)

A delicious biryani recipe from Mauritius that we were given by a friend’s mum (sorry the recipe is a secret).


What's the next thing you are going to cook?

Think I might try making lasagne!


If everything in your house was going to be the same colour what colour would you choose?

 I think it would be quite overwhelming, but either a rich green, maybe olive green, or mustard yellow.


Which words or phrases do you most overuse  ?

 Ooh I don’t know- it’s probably that!


Do you have any superstitions?

Not really, although I never walk under ladders.


What makes you laugh (feel free to share any videos, memes, record a joke, your pet)

I’ve been watching a lot of Limmy’s Show recently which makes me giggle.


Which artist-living or dead would you like to share your quarantine practice with? Why?

Sonia Delaunay- could spend the day painting and sewing together one of her Simultaneous dresses for dancing! The movement she created with her husband, called Simultanism is really interesting, I’d love to hear her talk about it herself. A friend recently gave me a great children’s book created by MoMA called Sonia Delaunay: A Life in Colour, it has wonderful illustrations.


Exercise 2

Write a drawing prompt you would like someone else to receive:

Continuous line drawing of what you see from your window.


We are probably going to get through a lot of these homework sheets - so write a question for other people that you want to know the answer to ?

What would your dream studio look like?


 We are putting together a mixtape - what’s your go to song

for dancing ? - There’s so many to choose from but I’ll say Nina Simone Gimme Some.

being in the studio ? - I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Leonard Cohen in the studio recently.

chilling out ? - something from Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell album or Call Me By Your Name soundtrack.  

falling in love ? - Thinking of YouSister Sledge


For  Exercise Three, we ask our artists to  pick one of the following subjects as a starting point to make some work using an A5 piece of paper/cloth/whatever you like to the size  with no restriction on media. These will be published on our website and available for £110 each.

  1. Still life: pick 3 items from your surrounding and recreate them

  2. Draw the last text you received/Page 15 from a book you are currently reading 7th sentence down

  3. Draw the last exhibition you saw/in style of the last exhibition you saw


 Check out Siobhan's exercise three piece here