Onya McCausland’s practice consists of paintings, murals, installation and land art. Her work is concerned with how specific materials and processes can be used as a conduit to open up interconnected underlying ideas that draw upon the changing environmental conditions underway in the contemporary landscape. This is expressed in a current body of work that examines new uses for waste materials found in ex-coal mining regions across the UK.
McCausland is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art UCL. Her research From Coal Mine Waste to Landscape Painting engages in collaboration with the Coal Authority, a non-departmental public body of the UK government to generate new uses for mine water waste ‘ochres’ as usable coloured pigment for paint. Through various paint related practices, McCausland attempts to reposition the perception of colour material through its relationship to post-industrial landscape sites.