Caitlin Keogh, Introducing Our Illusion, 2011, colored pencil on paper, 19 1/2 x 13 3/4”.
At MoMA PS1:
Caitlin Keogh presents two series of drawings largely inspired by commercial imagery and textile patterns from the early to mid-twentieth century. In her most recent drawings from 2011 and 2012, Keogh references hand drawn advertising and illustration of the 1930s, particularly from Harper’s Bazaar. Her use of pattern and decoration merges representational elements with abstraction, suggesting optical effects that create depth or flatten space. In some works, ribbon-like compositions appear to twist and fold, alternating between abstract forms, bursts of color, or floral motifs. Rather than nostalgically looking back to the period, Keogh investigates the construction of imagery that has been long targeted towards women and the visual culture that continues to do so today.