PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARK BERNDT
ARTIST / ACADEMIC
Janice McNab is an artist and academic, originally from Scotland but based in the Netherlands since 2002. She is Head of the MA Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and represented by Galeria Fermay, Palma, Mallorca. She is also a post- doctoral scholar at the University of the Arts/ Leiden University. Her PhD is from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. In 2021, she was a Paul Brach visiting artist to Cal-Arts, Los Angeles. Her paintings have been exhibited widely across Europe.
McNab’s paintings transform patterns found in food, clothes and domestic detritus into images of embodiment. Her interest is in how our sense of self exists in constant negotiation with external forces of definition. The feminist drive within these paintings also informs the artist’s research into women in art history. In 1997, McNab was an artist in
residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, recording the lives of local people living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Her writing project at the WISC will incorporate and reflect on this early work in relation to her current interests in the body and its intimate ecologies.