November 20 - December 24, 2004
Cathy Daley lives in Toronto where she has produced exhibits for twenty years across Canada and in many other countries. His name is found in various private collections in both the United States and France, as well as in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The exhibition presents his latest drawings, medium favored by the artist since 1995. There is no question here of representing a body or a face but to highlight the dress as an object. These dresses are exaggeratedly elongated ultra elegant and sophisticated and seem to float. Cathy Daley uses all the possibilities offered by black pastel playing sometimes on its depth and wide range of tone, sometimes on transparency and spontaneity creating an intimate relationship with the viewer. Finally, one can recognize in his gesture the same fugacity of line that Toulouse-Lautrec in his famous dancers of French Cancan, or Degas in the delicacy of his drawings of ballerinas.
Cathy Daley’s work is inspired by 1950s glamor, haute couture dresses and accessories, fairy tales and Hollywood sex symbols. Her drawings explore the memory of feminine imagery and trace a kind of iconography of the dress. Between the whistleblowing of the fantasy of women’s industry and the nostalgia for a At the time, Cathy Delay shows the current woman’s ambivalence shared between cultural representation and the desire to please and seduce naturally.