Megan Rudden is a Scottish Artist who was born in Leith, Edinburgh and currently lives and works in Glasgow. She is a recent graduate of Sculpture and Environmental Art from Glasgow School of Art.
Rudden’s work is often concerned with ideas surrounding the gendered body, she is particularly interested in the relationship between physical reproduction and social reproduction. Rudden is interested in material processes which she considers to have a relationship to systems of the flesh, exploring the bodily connotations of the foundry and of casting metals such as iron. Through the site specific aspects of her practice, Rudden attempts to create non-linear, transhistorical narratives which use place as an anchor to link stories across time. Her exploration of various media and ideas leads to a varied practice that moves across performance, film, drawing, text-based work and object making.
After exhibiting work at 'DOK' Gallery in Edinburgh, the last remaining building from Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith now converted into art gallery, she discovered her grandad had worked on this now defunct shipyard as a Shipwright. Rudden realised she had also been working with similar materials and processes to those used by him on the shipyard (steel, welding etc.) but in a completely different context. What began as an investigation into this personal connection lead on to further consideration of wider issues of class, gender, labour, skill and reproduction.
While in residence in Arch 8, Megan Rudden will spend her time researching, reading, drawing, writing and collecting information relating to Bowling Harbour, the decline of the shipping and steel industries in Scotland and related ideas of gender, family, labour and work.
"Much of my work is site specific, using place as an anchor to link various ideas I am interested in at that time. My process often begins by responding directly to the site through writing, text work, drawing, photography. From this I reflect and consider where the work is going; I tend to work conceptually and allow ideas to drive process and form."