Meghan Borah’s work explores the self, authenticity and performance in paintings that depict female-presenting figures inhabiting dreamlike landscapes filled with horses, flowers and greenery. The artist uses oil paint along with the quick-drying medium of distemper to create surfaces that evoke the faded qualities of worn denim, vintage fabrics and other decorative textiles. Wearing a combination of floral dresses and platform boots, Borah’s expressionless subjects remain aloof—refusing to smile on command, while insisting that their bodies belong to themselves and no one else.
Meghan Borah was born in 1990. The artist received an MFA from the Painting and Drawing department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois in 2017, and a dual BA in Studio Art and Theology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 2012.
Solo exhibitions of Borah’s work have taken place at: Goldfinch in Chicago, Illinois (2021, 2019); Galerie Urbane in Dallas, Texas (2021); and Lillstreet Rooftop Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2017).
Group exhibitions that have shown Borah’s work include: Intersection: Art Meets Fashion at The Avenue at American Dream in East Rutherford, New York (2021); Summer Collective at Galleri Urbane in Dallas, Texas (2020); Sleeper Cell at Apparatus Projects in Chicago, Illinois (2020); The Gift Edit at Galleri Urbane in Dallas, Texas (2020); Culture Place at the Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, Texas (2020); Templates for Public Art Vol. 2 at Free Range Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2019); Collide at Young Chicago Authors Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2019); B-Sides at East Room in Chicago, Illinois (2018); Anniversary Show at Over The Rainbow Gallery in Evanston, Illinois (2018); Vignettes at The Saw Room in Evanston, Illinois (2017); Netflix and Chill at D&S Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2017); and in SAIC’s MFA Thesis Presentation at Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois (2017).
Borah lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.