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Tarpaulin No. 3, 1975

Betty Goodwin
Canadian, 1923 - 2008
gesso, pastel, chalk, and charcoal on canvas with metal grommets and rope
231 x 293.5 cm
Purchased 1976
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18532)
© Betty Goodwin

Betty Goodwin has said of her use of worn, mended, and weathered tarpaulins that "they retain their own history, to which I add my own history." Folding and re-folding the tarpaulins and infusing them with substances like gesso, she adds her own layer of meaning to their surfaces without denying their unknowable pasts.

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