Shona McAndrew: MOIRA
March 24, 2018 - April 20, 2018
Opening Reception 7pm March 24, 2018
“In the end, we are self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages that are little miracles of self-reference.”
— Douglas Hofstadter, I Am a Strange Loop
Pilot+Projects is pleased to announce Moira a solo exhibition by Philadelphia artist Shona McAndrew. Her painted papier-mâché sculptures, digital collages and paintings depict women in their most private moments, taking pleasure in twirling untrimmed pubic hair, squeezing soft bellies, or a hand casually warming itself in the fold of a crotch. Returning to Philadelphia from an 8 month self-directed residency in the mountains of California, McAndrew’s first solo exhibition shares the name of her mother, paying homage to influential women in her life. Life-size, or often slightly larger than human scale, the works draw from personal experience and observation to call attention to the simultaneous banality and importance of fleeting, introspective, and vulnerable moments.
Informed by her experiences as a “plus-size” woman, of body dysmorphia, and struggles with societal expectations of womanhood, McAndrew imagines these figures as friends and allies in states of reveal -topless and brushing teeth amidst an unbroken stream of daydreams. Only knowing a critical relationship with herself, these sculptures allow Shona to see past her deep-seated associations with “plus-size” women, discovering the beauty in each unique body, including her own. Unembarrassed by their exposed bodies and confrontational towards our careless voyeurism, Shona’s women ask us to valorize mundane activities of body exploration, self-care, and forgetting to see one’s self through the critical eyes of others.
Shona McAndrew was born and raised in Paris, France. She moved to the US to get her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Fine Arts as well as a Post-Baccalaureate at Brandeis University. She furthered her studies with a MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Shona has exhibited across the US (NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and LA).