Artist Spotlight: Meet Siobhán Gallagher

Siobhán Gallagher shares the inspiration behind her new artwork for CBC East Coast, and tells us how she came to create her own comic series.

The author of the “Gross Girl Club” has a unique, observational style with a feminist slant

(Siobhán Gallagher)

Siobhán Gallagher grew up in Moncton, obsessing over sitcoms set in glamorous New York apartments and wondering if she was missing out on something more. 

Today, she's an artist based in Queens, New York, and has even been published in The New Yorker. (More than once!)

So, how'd she get there? 

"My love for art in high school led to a degree in design at art school, which led to book design jobs, which led to spending more time on what I had more fun doing, which was drawing," says Siobhán. She always loved drawing and would decorate the walls of her childhood bedroom with posters, illustrations, magazine pages that captured her interest, and even poetry. 

Siobhán's day job as a book designer allowed her to work on her craft from 9-5, but it wasn't creatively fulfilling. "I started drawing more and more on nights and weekends, focusing on comics about my personal life and private thoughts," she says.

Siobhán's colourful style, observational humour, and hyper-relatable realness resonated with fans on Instagram. She has more than 15,000 followers as @siogallagher. One of the projects she's known for is Gross Girls. "This began as a project for fun (#siosgrossgirls on Instagram), and I'm hoping to expand it and publish it widely," she says. In the series, "glam, confident ladies deal with their bodily functions and habits as a way to normalize the natural functions women's bodies experience."

In addition to being published in The New Yorker, Siobhán's work has been featured in The New York Times, CBC Arts, and Elle Canada. Most recently, CBC East Coast commissioned her to create a special piece of art in honour of International Women's Day. The art was delivered to nearly 400 young Nova Scotian teens attending the Girls Conference in Halifax. 

(Siobhán Gallagher for CBC East Coast)

"I was so happy to contribute a piece for CBC East Coast about women helping and empowering other women," Siobhán says. "Feminism has always been important to me, and I love working on projects aimed at girls and the possibilities awaiting them on their horizons. We can't go far alone, but together we can support each other for brighter futures."