Aimee Melaugh is a painter based in Derry. She received her BA Honours in Fine Art Painting in 2018 from the Belfast School of Art, graduating with a First Class Honours. Melaugh was a recipient of a Belfast Print Workshop residency award in 2018 and has since exhibited at the ArtisAnn Gallery Belfast, Platform Arts Belfast, PSSquared and has had a solo exhibition at The Glassworks, Derry which was supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland. Melaugh has taken part in numerous group exhibitions as part of Gallery 545 and has also exhibited her work online as part of Abridged Magazine in 2021. Melaugh’s work is included in public collections such as the Belfast School of Art, The Arts Council Northern Ireland’s permanent collection and the Northern Ireland Civil Service Art collection.
Melaugh’s paintings explore ideas surrounding false personas through reflecting on the relationship between true identity and deceiving appearances. Her work playfully hints at narcissistic tendencies and often examines the idea of exposing someone’s true authentic form after their mask has slipped and everything has been stripped away. Melaugh’s work also focuses on concepts surrounding false realities with reference to film and literature and often portrays this through responding to traumatic events which have taken place throughout history.