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Joe Fafard

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Portraits have been a consistent feature in Fafard's career, from early clay caricatures to later more serious representations of individuals. In describing his intention to create a portrait of the queen, E II R, he is playful, indicating that he made the work to sell it to the Queen in order to purchase a studio space. Seated on a throne, the composition of this work recalls some of his early clay portraits from the 1970's of the town's people from Pense, Saskatchewan. In discussing his intentions in creating his portrait of CÚzanne, he is more thoughtful, and definitely not playful. At the time he seemed to have parallel goals, to manipulate flatness and illusion in a 3d space, as well as to create a portrait that goes beyond a mere likeness, to a deeper representation of the individual.