Meghan Eilleen Borah

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Chicago, IL

With subject matter inspired by urban fashionistas, personal beauty regimens, experiences in women’s restrooms, time spent in high heels, 1960s girl groups, and disco culture, my work is a continual exploration of the female figure in context. At the core of my work is an ongoing interest in the relationship between theater and everyday life—the feeling of being constantly on stage. My most recent body of work juxtaposes traditional modes of painting with sculptural works to address the dissonance between reality and idealized perfection. My work celebrates the power that comes with crafting variable feminine facades, yet acknowledges the inherent vulnerability in seeking unattainable states. I work from a variety of sources extracted from fashion magazines, textile patterns, paintings, illustrations, and my own sketchbook.