Spotlight On: Babelicious illustrator Laura Callaghan
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South London artist Laura Callaghan's illustrations are witty, bad-ass and totally detailed. Her girls are petulant, staring straight at you with a ‘no fucks to give’ attitude… and sometimes, in her comics, a murderous intent. The attention to detail of each illustration means that there’s a whole lot to look at, minutely creating extremely real worlds for her girls to inhabit. Whether it’s a shelf full of novels, tampon machines in the background or a reimagining of an 80s bedroom, you’ll feel like you know Callaghan’s girls. They might even be you. They are gamers, readers, job searchers and Hawaiian pizza eaters… all fully realised in a pastel palette. The best bit about Callaghan’s girls is that although they’re wonderfully drawn and beautifully rendered, she also reveals aspects of femininity in all it’s ugliness – these are characters who swig from bottles of wine, trash their houses and loll around. We can totally relate.
Callaghan has an exhibition at the KK Outlet, running from 1st June - 2nd July, and you shouldn’t miss the chance to check out her work.
Images Laura Callaghan. All rights reserved.