Annaleah Gregoire

There is a powerful pull toward the strange. I find beauty in looking at the remnants of transformation – what is present yet invisible, what rots and how it transitions over time, and what evokes a visceral reaction.
I seek to destabilize traditional beauty standards by exposing vulnerable and sometimes disturbing aspects of my body. When we are confronted with images and experiences that defy our aesthetic conventions, we have been culturally conditioned to label this as grotesque. It seems the more violent one’s repulsion, the more apparent it is that the individual has unresolved issues regarding the subject at hand. By peeling back layers of flesh and bone, I am able to investigate the dualities of the interior and exterior worlds as well as the duelling concepts of grotesque and beautiful. My work sits between the real and fantastic in order to highlight moments where beauty and the grotesque merge. By confronting these dualities, I’m able to reconstruct my own idea of what beauty is.
Through dissection and amputation, I have built a visual language with art and science revolving around the visible and invisible wounds of trauma. I use medical and scientific images such as x-rays, as well as historical and contemporary documents, to inform my depictions of the internal form. By exposing spots of trauma layer by layer, my work illuminates the uncomfortable and honest pain of healing.








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Shed Your Skin

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Exposed

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