Siobhan McBride's paintings present views of a place that is at once intimate and familiar. The artist describes these spaces as airless, quiet with the sound “tamped out”. In her small and image-dense paintings, she endeavors to paint descriptions of weird and quotidian experiences, passages from books, film fragments, things caught in the corner of her eye. The paintings are simultaneously diagrams for understanding events from the past and puzzles to decode experiences to come. The work is strange and suspenseful like the excitement of exploring a new place, and the thrill of drifting back into a frightening dream.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and now based in New York, McBride has earned many prestigious residencies and awards including Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, Alexander Rustch Award for Painting, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY, Viewing Program at The Drawing Center, New York, New York and the Angelo Savelli Award, University of Pennsylvania MFA Award, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McBride earned a BA in English and Fine Arts from University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania.