|catharine mactavish arms race 1984 detail|
The most interesting piece for me was this painting by Toronto artist Catherine MacTavish.
I liked the scale of it.
I liked the layers of acrylic paint over and under beads.
I liked the slashes that are used as if drawn marks.
|catharine mactavish arms race 1984 acrylic, glass and plastic beads, metal grommets|
The bead-marks are intuitive yet obsessive. They attract yet repulse.
I yearn to touch them, even pick at them but they look as if they might rub away.
I'm afraid of that.
|catharine mactavish arms race collection of Art Gallery of Ontario|
A cosmic scale.
|arms race detail of acrylic and bead painting by Catherine MacTavish|
From these I learned that Catharine MacTavish studied at Queens University in Montreal and then at York University in Toronto during the early 70's and that she then exhibited at both artist-run and public galleries. I learned that her work is included in important public collections, (the Canada Council Art Bank and the AGO) and that she acquired a Masters degree in 2005. I learned that although she removed herself from the art scene during the late 80's she continued to make art.
"Each piece entails a slow conceptual and technical percolation, she produces one dense painting every two or three years." Paul Petro.