Laura CallaghanAspirational

This show will now be running until Thursday 30th June, closing at 6pm.

The girls in Laura Callaghan’s work are incredible and complex creatures. They’re beautiful but insecure, self-assured but searching for approval, up-for-it but a little bored. They are the constructs of social media feeds and late night internet browsing.

Laura’s new show is a brilliant collection of brand new watercolour paintings, printed textiles and screen prints. The work created for Aspirational takes direction from the prevalence of inspirational quotes used on social media channels. Often these ‘profound’ phrases, intended to motivate and inspire are revealed to be meaningless when applied to real life. These new pieces serve as a playful homage to the rent-a-philosophy posts filling our feeds.

Girls today are told they can be whatever they want but they’re still held to impossible beauty standards. They’re told they can be the entrepreneurs of their own lives but they can hardly afford a pret a manger for lunch. They’re fed these aspirational dreams but their lives resemble something altogether less sorted. A feed full of inspiration quotes from various sources soon starts to feel like a piss take.

“Happiness will never come to those who don’t appreciate what they already have.” – What if all you have is an internship and crippling debts?

“If you haven’t got it, you can’t show it. If you have got it, you can’t hide it.” – WHAT?!

Aspirational takes these contradictions and creates characters and scenarios that you can at once relate to and that leave you feeling slightly uneasy. Each image is a riot of eye popping colour and symbolic detail that draw you in and make you curious. They’re intricate and fun and alot more inspiring than a feed full of non-sensical quotes.