Janice McNab is a Scottish artist and academic who now lives in the Netherlands. She was born in Aberfeldy, studied at Glasgow School of Art, and in 2000, moved to Amsterdam on a Scottish Arts Council residency programme. Her PhD is from the University of Amsterdam, her post-doc from the University of the Arts, The Hague / Leiden University. She is represented by Galeria Fermay, Palma de Mallorca.
Over the last twenty years, McNab’s serial painting projects have sought to represent women’s lives at their immediate point of contact with the world. The Isolation Paintings, an early documentary project, recorded the lifestyles of women whose previous houses or workplaces had become toxic environments, which forced them into new lives. It emphasised our porosity as bodies, and The Chairs and The Chocolate Box Paintings went on to explore the veneered landscapes of consumption we are sold to placate this vulnerability.
In 2010, The Ice Cream Paintings began a more reparative approach to body definition and restriction, and this continues with the current project: The Ghost Artist. This combines art historical work on other women artists with paintings that explore how the inner, sensing side of our skins might be portrayed through the things we touch, see, and eat. In Our Spectral Gardens, these skin objects become part of eco-anxious and yet joyous psycho-landscapes.