Samantha Wilson

2021 QEST Scholar - Figurative Art

Samantha gained an MA in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and after graduating she launched herself into a professional career as an artist, producing art for both commissions and exhibitions.  

A QEST Scholarship will support Samantha during an MA of Research in Art and Humanities at the Royal College of Art, where she will develop figurative drawings and paintings to investigate how figurative art can heighten empathetic understanding in a socio-political context. She wants to extend her use of drawings and paintings—in a variety of mediums including ink, powder pigments, charcoal, and oils—that elicit qualities of ambiguity to encourage reflection of immigration crisis and diverse human experiences. She will also explore sound and sculpture, to investigate how they may complement drawings and paintings, to increase the impact on the viewer. In the future she plans to pursue a practice-based PhD to develop this work and exhibit widely, larger scale works in a variety of mediums. 

My work uses drawing and painting to contemplate social, political and cultural issues. It seeks to illuminate cross-cultural difference, similarity and ultimately the necessity for compassionate relating, regardless of race, age, gender, nationality or political status. It considers the question; how can contemporary art contribute to creating a more inclusive society – especially amidst turbulent times?