‘Rainbow Soul’ by Jacqueline Gallagher
Artist: Jacqueline Gallagher
Title: ‘Rainbow Soul’
Medium: Acrylic on Cradled Board
Dimensions: 14″ x 11″
Framing: Unframed – Ready to Hang
Year of Creation: 2019
About the Artwork:
“For this piece I wanted to go back to a more human figure, as I have recently been playing with anthropomorphic alien forms to push the idea of what we read as feminine and sexy. With ‘Rainbow Soul’ I was trying to create an uncomfortable and dark image of the female form while using the common tropes of what we consider “girly” like rainbow colors, glossy candy, full pouty lips, and long flowing hair. It seems all we do any more is post countless selfies on social media depicting ourselves as these otherworldly and impossible dream girls, anything from cute and innocent to downright pornographic. It’s exhausting seeing all these overly filtered and unnaturally ‘candid’ poses every day as I scroll through my feed, more often than not attached to some cliche quote on spirituality or affirmation. I wonder why it is so important to us to go out of our way and display ourselves constantly as desirable beings to our friends, our family, and to an endless sea of strangers, all under the guise of ‘self love’. It’s a desperate and thin veil.” – Jacqueline Gallagher
About the Artist:
Painter of Zombies and the Disturbed. Or Disturbed Zombie Painter… I forget which. These figures are contradictions, beautiful and grotesque at the same time. They float through their worlds driven by craving, vanity, and addiction, caught in moments of stiff poses and comedic indulgence. They put themselves on display for the world as their bodies and minds slowly decay. This is how I see myself and most everyone around me. We are the Dead Living, but we sure do look good.
Born in 1984 and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009. Since then, I’ve exhibited nationally numerous times with 3 solo and many more group shows. In 2015 I relocated to my new home in Portland, Oregon, where I am currently exploring strange themes of sexual augmentation and female identity in a chaotic and alien landscape.