“I especially hope to inspire young women, because I often feel like so much emphasis is put on how beautiful you are, and how thin you are, and not a lot of emphasis is put on what you can do and how smart you are. I’d like to change the emphasis of what’s important when looking at a woman.” —Margaret Kilgallen
For International Women’s Day, we premiere a new video from our Exclusive series featuring Margaret Kilgallen (1967–2001)—our current 100 Artists featured artist—where she discusses her heroines, which were often incorporated into her work. Filmed in 2000, this newly-edited video contains previously unreleased footage with the late artist.
“The overall result of Margaret Kilgallen’s work was impure Americana, a slightly acidic nostalgia that evoked sideshows, tramp art and old travel posters with infusions of feminist wit. Her women smoked, fought, surfed, played the banjo and occasionally hooked up with men.” —Roberta Smith, The New York Times
“i like things that are handmade and i like to see people’s hand in the world, anywhere in the world; it doesn’t matter to me where it is. and in my own work, i do everything by hand. i don’t project or use anything mechanical, because even though i do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, my hand will always be imperfect because it’s human. and i think it’s the part that’s off that’s interesting, that even if i’m doing really big letters and i spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line and trying to make it straight, i’ll never be able to make it straight. from a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. and I think that’s where the beauty is.” - margaret kilgallen, RIP