"I spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, but my hand will always be imperfect because it’s human. From a distance, it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. And I think that’s where the beauty is."
Margaret Kilgallen (1967–2001), our current 100 Artists featured artist, is shown here working on an installation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in 2000. This scene is featured in the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Place (2001).
The artist draws references from American folk tradition, printmaking, letterpress, and street art. Kilgallen had a love of “things that show the evidence of the human hand.” Painting directly on the wall, Kilgallen created room-size murals that recall a time when personal craft and handmade signs were the dominant aesthetic.
WATCH: Barry McGee & Margaret Kilgallen in “Place” [available in the U.S. only]