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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)

This work is a portrait built around a woman’s own account of how her weight reflected changes in her life. Suggesting a plain, practical person, the “supplies” – matchbooks, candles, fishing sinkers, light bulbs and so on – are cast in lead and stacked in groups of varying weights to represent the phases of the subject’s life. Here, Magor draws from traditions of still life, the readymade and portraiture to assemble a complex account of one woman. Inscribed on the objects around her, her words have been chosen and arranged to tell us something about Dorothy.




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