Cathy Daley – “Cathy Daley”, 2007

Cathy Daley – “Cathy Daley”, 2007

Cathy Daley solo exhibition 2007 - Newzones Gallery
Cathy Daley solo exhibition 2007 - Newzones Gallery
Cathy Daley solo exhibition 2007 - Newzones Gallery
Cathy Daley solo exhibition 2007 - Newzones Gallery - view 2
Cathy Daley solo exhibition 2007 - Newzones Gallery

Collected by the National Gallery of Canada, Cathy 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.

Also showing at Newzones, in their Canadian debut, is a brand new series of collaged works.  Using her trademark drawings as their launch point, Daley’s new pieces incorporate actual images taken directly from fashion magazines.  These collages reflect what Roni Feinstein from Art in America states as: “a contemporary, post-feminist ambivalence toward fashion, critiquing the garment industry’s wrapped-and-bound feminine ideal and the notion of woman as spectacle.”

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