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Symbolically Figurative Works by Caitlin Keogh

A painting of a blue figure with leaves emerging from itUntitled (Leaves), acrylic on canvas

Caitlin Keogh is a painter and illustrator who’s symbolically figurative works dredge up the uncomfortable parts of fashion and femininity.


A painting of a headless figure in a suitThe Guest Lecturer

Female figures often appear in Keogh’s paintings, though they tend to be headless or otherwise removed from all humanity, becoming objects as much as any other items that appear in the images. The artist often makes visual allusions to fashion, both in terms of objects and specific design houses such as Dior. The flat, opaqueness of the imagery lends itself to being read as such, as though something sinister is hiding behind these simplified bodies.


I’m really impressed with the technical skill that is present with Keogh’s works – at first glance one might guess that these are digital drawings, or at the very least inked illustrations, yet the artist’s portfolio boasts mostly acrylic paintings on canvas. Each work features smooth, hard black outlines and perfectly flat planes of color. There’s not a brush mark to be seen, which further removes the works from their humanity.


A painting of a simplified anatomical model with tasselsIntestine and Tassels, acrylic on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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