Marilyn McAvoy’s new work represents a continued interest in the study of Figurative painting. The inspiration for this work initially was fueled by song lyrics and her connection to having lived a life surrounded by live music and the shadows cast through to the backstage. The individuals who are represented are women who wove in and out of her life during this time. The backdrop for these paintings reflects the atmosphere of this time and space.
In constructing the paintings, Marilyn developed scenarios using props, projection and lighting that create a filmic quality. As with her earlier flower paintings, these new works combine realism with rich and mysterious areas of colour suggesting objects and texture. They remind one of Toulouse Lautrec and Edward Degas and their backstage, behind the curtain depictions of dancers and theatrical performers. These women are the backstage players of Marilyn’s life.
Arts Nova Scotia provided Grant support for this new body of work.