Aimee Melaugh is a painter based in Derry. She graduated in 2018 from the Belfast School of Art with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting. Melaugh has been selected to exhibit at the Royal Ulster Academy’s 137th annual exhibition and has been the recipient of a Belfast Print Workshop residency award. She has exhibited in the ArtisAnn Gallery Emerging Artists exhibition, Platform Arts Belfast, PS2 and has had a solo exhibition at The Glassworks, Derry which was supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland. Melaugh has recently joined Gallery 545 and has exhibited in Sea Holly Belfast and Island Arts Centre Lisburn as part of group exhibitions. In 2020, she will be completing a one month residency at St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse, Derry through Art Arcadia. Her work has been purchased by the Belfast School of Art and is part of the Arts Council Northern Ireland’s permanent collection.
Melaugh's work is a collective exploration of traumatic events which have taken place throughout history. References to her grandfather’s experiences of being in the army during World War Two are present throughout her work in the form of numbers, dates and descriptions. Unsettling images of a Magdalene laundry in ‘Tuam,’ and the eerie aftermath of a chemical disaster in the painting ‘Bhopal,’ are also part of the collective disturbed reality which is explored.