Ellen Gallagher breaks the boundaries of traditional art by using materials and found images in unexpected ways. Her work often looks at how African Americans have been represented and stereotyped. She also explores her own identity and experience as an American woman of African and Irish descent. In DeLuxe (2004-2005), Gallagher experimented with printmaking by using materials including Plasticine and glitter to transform old advertisements for beauty products targeted at African Americans into a work of art.
Source: Whitney Museum of American Art – http://whitney.org/
Image: Ellen Gallagher, Wiglette from DeLuxe, 2004-05
Co-sponsored by the Yale University Art Gallery and the Dept. of African American Studies.