Samantha is a multi-media visual artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. Originally from Scotland, she has worked and lived between the UK, Canada, Italy, Spain, India and Africa. Completing her BA of Fine Art and MFA in Art and Humanities from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland, 2015. She has since received many awards for her work and participated in multiple International artist residencies. Exhibiting her work between the UK, US, Europe and India, she now works full-time as an artist and Fine Arts Facilitator in Lisbon. She is co-founder of Colour the Community, a Social Arts Initiative in Kenya, which aims to foster creativity and growth inside rural schools and their surrounding community. Samantha strives to explore through art and creativity how to bring people together, in a modern world of separation. Samantha enjoys sharing her passion for creativity and humanity in different International festivals, communities and educational institutions among children and adults.
My work contemplates the human spirit. Inspired by philosophy, anthropology and spirituality; it asks the question; what does it feel like to be human, alone and together? I desire to create a visual language that explores the visible and invisible spaces in the shadows of human experience and relationships. In this view, ambiguity often plays a role in the formation of works. My intention is to use drawing to explore relationships in both the physical and ephemeral realms amidst our modern-day society. The work is influenced by current political problems including societal conflicts, relational disconnection in everyday life and key figures that play a role in affecting these issues. My long-term ambition is to create a dialogue in art that conveys us as a collective public, offering visceral and contextual knowledge on how we can maintain togetherness, amidst separateness in modern times.
My work is developed using a growing archive of photographic and literary sources collected from photography, online archives, books, podcasts, newspapers and magazines.