GRLZ + VEILS

An interview with New York-based artist Cheryl Donegan on her recent work featured in the exhibition GRLZ + VEILS at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston

Up-cycled dresses on mannequins, paintings of deconstructed tracksuits, and massive lengths of cloth made with consumer technology fill the upstairs of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The works carry with them a balance between heavy abstraction and a DIY culture that will have you saying, “My kid could make that!” and artist Cheryl Donegan would not only agree with you but encourage you to try it yourself.

On view at the CAMH through March 31, Cheryl Donegan: GRLZ + VEILS presents a collection of works by the artist ranging from the 90s to recent years, with the subtitle referencing multiple aspects of her practice. GRLZ, which most commonly references the riot grrl subculture, which holds a great deal of significance and inspiration for Donegan, here also refers to the grills of the air conditioners that decorate the streets of New York and inform the designs in many of her dresses and paintings. The artist considers VEILS a representation of her relationship to material, drawing connections between her paintings and clothing.