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Ms Onya McCausland
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Research Summary

I work using the medium of painting with specific materials and processes to examine interconnected ideas surrounding the changing environmental conditions underway in the contemporary landscape. Landscape is explored directly through earth materials forming at a particular site. In a current body of work this is expressed using waste materials found in ex-coal mining regions across the UK.

The research, involving a collaborative relationship with the Coal Authority, a non-departmental public body of the UK government, demonstrates how waste ‘ochre’ materials and their contexts can be perceived as culturally valuable materials by using painting as a vehicle to reposition the processes of their formation as waste in the contemporary landscape as an historically significant event. Recycling mine water waste ‘ochres’ as usable coloured pigment for paint aims to directly connect the contemporary cultural and industrial landscape with the formation of a new historically potent landscape colour material.

Academic Background
2003   Postgraduate Certificate in Education University of East London
1999   Master of Fine Arts University College London
1994   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Falmouth College of Arts
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