Kate McQuillen is a Chicago-based artist working in print and installation, and is represented by O’Born Contemporary in Toronto. McQuillen's work explores iconic American technologies with roots in military research, and how they relate to American culture and identity.
In the X-Rays series, I sewed fake weapons into the pockets of my clothes and ran them through the printing press to transfer their impression onto paper. The result are images that look like x-rays of myself smuggling weapons; soft bras and underwear beneath blouses and skirts hide hard-edged, airplane-banned objects like Swiss Army knives and box cutters. I focus on the unwanted intimacy that comes with government surveillance. Pat-downs, the voyeuristic aspect of body scans, and our newfound fears of everyday objects are suggested.