Aimee Melaugh is a painter based at Clarendon Street studios 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, PS2 and has had a solo exhibition at The Glassworks, Derry which was supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland. Melaugh has also taken part in group exhibitions as part of Gallery 545 Online. In May 2021 she will be completing a one month residency with Art Arcadia and will be having a solo exhibition at St Augustine’s, Derry as part of the residency. 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 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.