Untitled No 17 by Cathy Daley

Oil Pastel on Vellum
24 × 19 inches
60.96 × 48.26 cm
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A torso in full tutu spins and twirls in black oil pastel beneath which protrude a misaligned pair of black knocked knee legs. Dislocated and delicate, the essence of female dress and dancer are made unsettling. The artist's gestural, playful hand signals an underlying critique of female appearance through the lens of 21st century gender politics. Cathy Daley lives in Toronto and has been exhibiting her work throughout Canada and internationally since 1980. She has shown in numerous public galleries and museums, artist run centres and commercial galleries including The Power Plant, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Saidye Bronfman Centre, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre and Mercer Union and Museum Dhondt Dhaenens in Belgium. Most notably, her work is in the collection of The National Gallery of Canada and The Art Gallery of Ontario as well as many other public institutions and private collections. Her work has been written about in numerous publications such as Art in America, Border Crossings and Canadian Art Magazine. She has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Bertolt Brecht Fund of Berlin. She is an Associate Professor at OCAD University.

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