McCausland’s practice consists of minimalist paintings, murals, installation and land art. Her work is concerned with how material, for example a colour can be a conduit that explores potentially immense interconnected underlying histories that lay hidden or have been forgotten or overlooked. Her work explores colours derived from geological and man made processes in landscapes geographically spread across the UK. What is made ‘visible’ through the sensorial, material as well as optical properties of a single colour are the idiosyncrasies of each individual landscape site. The landscape - and its histories - therefore can be ‘perceived' through the individual colour material that belongs only there.
The medium of painting is used in its widest sense, and lends itself to a proximity between surface and skin (which also resonates with her work in the landscape) where ‘surface’ can be a site of physical intimacy joining material and human realms.
Recent exhibitions have been supported by Camden Arts Centre on London, Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and the Delfina Foundation in London. She was also supported by the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust and has received funding from the Arts Council, British Council. the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Wollaston Award at the Royal Academy and the John Moores Painting Prize. She has exhibited her work internationally and has work in numerous private and public collections. Onya McCausland is represented by Anima-Mundi.