‘Bosom’ by Jacquline Gallagher
Artist: Jacqueline Gallagher
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 8” x 10”
Framing: Unframed (Gallery-Wrapped Canvas – Ready to Hang)
Year of Creation: 2018
About the Artwork:
“Through a chaotic and alien landscape I hope to explore themes of sexual desire, augmentation, and female identity to challenge what we take for granted as ‘normal’. My recent figures are mash-ups of slimy, aquatic forms wading in fluid worlds while still exhibiting obviously human characteristics and cliche female body language borrowed from fashion magazines and adverts. For this particular piece I am inspired by the idea of motherhood and child-bearing, and how completely foreign these ideas are to me. Instead of breasts-which are overly sexualized in american culture-this creature has two open wombs in which to protect and nourish her offspring. Even with her snake-like face and translucent froggish belly, and without the mammaries, why does her coy bathing pose and expression still read as feminine?” – 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.