In Gallery II, Goldfinch is very pleased to announce “I’d Rather be a Hammer than a Nail,” the first solo exhibition of paintings by Meghan Borah. The exhibition’s opening reception is on Sunday, March 17, and the show will run through Saturday, April 27th, 2019.
Meghan Borah’s paintings combine oil paint 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 occasionally, and sometimes persistently, we may ache to become something else.
Meghan Borah (born 1990) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Slant, and Chicago Magazine. Borah earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.