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Dorothy, A Resemblance, 1981

Liz Magor
Canadian, 1948
lead and steel
90 x 121.5 x 86 cm assembled
Purchased 1983
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28142)

Liz Magor's "Dorothy, A Resemblance" is a portrait built around a woman's own account of how her weight reflected the changes in her life. Suggesting a plain, practical person, the "supplies" - matchbooks, candles, fishing sinkers, light bulbs, and so on - are formed of lead, a material associated with weight, and are stacked in groups of varying weights to represent the phases of the subject's life.

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