Trophy Woman (cocoa), 2023
house paint on paper drop cloth, mounted to panel with string
18 3/4 x 18 x 4 1/2 in 47.6 x 45.7 x 11.4 cm
Margaret Welsh (American, b. 1965) lives and works in Chicago. She earned her BA in English from Northwestern University and her MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studied under Phyllis Bramson, Julia Fish, and Tony Tasset.
Welsh sources rejected materials such as latex paint and paper bags to create her formally considered paintings that live outside the margins of tradition. Speaking a colloquial language, her work harnesses the accessibility of these everyday materials, positioning the work closer to ‘object’ than ‘painting’ despite its two-dimensional form. Welsh’s work coalesces what was once deemed trash with the clean, white walls of the gallery, marrying the disparate ideas of waste and fine art.
Her work has been exhibited at PPOW (NYC), White Columns (NYC), CASSTL (Antwerp), Charim Project Space (Vienna), and DOCUMENT (Chicago).