Meghan Borah’s paintings combine oil with the fragile medium of distemper in ways that evoke the faded surfaces of vintage fabrics and decorative textiles. Her expressionless, female-presenting figures occupy dreamlike scenarios that may not be tranquil as they first appear. Their faces appear aloof and almost impatient, suggesting the presence of some type of negotiation between the public, outward facade and private inner longings. In this way Borah’s paintings are an ongoing examination of how we see and present ourselves, and how we may sometimes ache to become something else. (–Elizabeth Lalley).
Meghan Borah (born 1990) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Her most recent show at Goldfinch was highlighted in Chicago Magazine, New City, and Time Out Chicago. Her work has also been featured in publications such as New American Paintings, ArtSlant, and Stay Cool Mom Blog. Borah earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and was a resident at The Vermont Studio Center in October 2018.
LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGHAN BORAH AND ELIZABETH LALLEY, GOLDFINCH ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/GALLERY CURATOR: