Cathy Daley – “Cathy Daley” – 2009
Cathy Daley – “Cathy Daley”
Newzones is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new drawings by Cathy Daley.
Collected by the National Gallery of Canada, Daley’s artwork is a leading force in the Canadian art scene. Known for her iconic drawings, Daley’s work reflects a savvy aesthetic driven by the contemporary figure yet coloured by post-feminist ideas surrounding the female form.
Drawing from the world of high fashion and our fascination with vintage Hollywood sex symbols, Daley’s works made with black oil pastel on white vellum is a contemporary exploration of both body politics and culturally accepted images of femininity. These iconic drawings often point to the formulas behind many stereotypes, which are built on unrealistic ideals of perfection and cultural caricatures propagated by the fashion world.
On these works, Roni Feinstein, art critic from Art in America, states: “These drawings reflect a contemporary, post-feminist ambivalencetoward fashion, critiquing the garment industry’s wrapped-and-bound feminine ideal and the notion of woman as spectacle. But irony in Daley’s cultural criticism is the source of much of the drawing’s wit. While recognizing the limitations imposed by old ideals, she also acknowledges their grace and appeal and expresses a certain nostalgia and yearning.”
Born in 1955, Toronto, Ontario, Cathy Daley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art in 1975. Her drawings have been widely exhibited across North America and Europe. Daley’s work has been collected by prestigious institutions like the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Glenbow Museum. Much has been written about Daley’s work including recent reviews in Canadian Art, Globe & Mail, Border-Crossings and Art in America.