“Although light has been a constant and an inspiration, I am intrigued by how different forms of light alter the reading of subjects. This idea came to fruition after I observed all the torn, creased, paint-splattered and worn segments of images lying around my studio, and I started to see them as new and interesting objects in and of themselves. These pieces explore passing of time, illusion of space and ‘paint’ in a tromp l’oeil fashion,” Marilyn McAvoy.
Marilyn McAvoy ‘s large oil paintings represent source materials as subjects. Arranged into a cascade of overlapping 2-dimensional panels, the torn and crumpled photocopies, note cards, and photographs of Dutch Masters paintings, Mexican shadow panels, and contemporary floral still lifes now become the subjects of still life themselves. The fragments and sections of images McAvoy paints in this series become three-dimensional sculptural piles of paper that quote from art history, as well as from previous work completed by the artist.
Also available at Studio 21 are new contemporary still life paintings and “Viaje” work, referencing the rich culture of Mexico and dia de los Muertos.
Born in St. Catherines, Ontario, Marilyn McAvoy attended the University of Guelph (1978-81). She subsequently obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1983-85) and became a member of its faculty in 1988. A prolific and active artist, her work has been featured in solo and group shows across Canada and the United States.