Saturday, January 2, 2010

Margaret Kilgallen

This weekend I watched the documentary "Beautiful Losers." I loved the film, and felt so moved and inspired by these fabulously talented, creative people. I felt very drawn to the work of Margaret Kilgallen, which was one of the central highlights of the film. I had seen her work online before, but didn't know anything about the artist. In the film she talks about her love of handpainted signs, typographic styles, elements of folk art, and graffiti-specifically freight train graffiti. I was so saddened to hear of her death, in 2001 (at the age of 33), from complications of breast cancer, three weeks after giving birth to her daughter, Asha. A beautifully creative person taken away too soon.

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