margaret kilgallen


I am on my way to Hawaii today, clearly a perfect excuse to write about Margaret Kilgallen’s surfers… again. I have no idea how many times I’ve written about her. I love all of Margaret’s work so much, and have fallen down a ridiculous number of internet rabbit holes searching for more about her. Images, interviews, and my favorite… a handful of documentary style videos in which you can hear her talk about what/who inspired her, and a chance to watch her work. In 2001 at the age of 33 she passed away {a huge loss to the art world}, and so these videos are even more special. My favorite Margaret Kilgallen quote is from this video. Here’s the gist:

“In my own work I do everything by hand… my hand will always be imperfect, because it’s human…  If I spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line trying to make it straight, I will never be able to make it straight. You can always see the line waiver, and I think that’s where the beauty is.”

Sigh. So, so true.

comments (6)

  1. maggie /// 01.16.2015 /// 10:04am

    I love the lips. So sad that she passed away at such a young age.


  2. Frances Marin /// 01.16.2015 /// 10:21am

    That quote has stuck with me forever as an artist. It’s a rule of thumb for me. I am so happy to see this post today! She is truly one of the greats. Enjoy Maui! You’ve been hard at work:)

  3. Carmen /// 01.16.2015 /// 10:37am

    Every time I go down a Margret Kilgallen rabbit hole I have to hold back tears. So heart wrenching that she is gone. It seems like she is still out there tagging and creating. Such an inspiration. And I too live by that quote. So brilliant.

  4. the jealous curator /// 01.16.2015 /// 12:10pm

    i feel exactly the same way.

  5. Jacquelyn Soria /// 01.17.2015 /// 10:25am

    So happy you featured her today! I love her work too! 😉

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