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Women on Diving Board

Alex Beriault and Shannon Lea Doyle

Women On Diving Board is a three-hour durational performance, drawing on the recurrent image of the female diver in the paintings of Alex Colville (1920—2013). The female figure in Colville's works is based on Rhoda, his wife and muse of 70 years. Often pictured in 1950's-era bathing suits, swimming, diving or sunbathing, Rhoda is both a catalyst and anchor point of objectification and empowerment.

Art Gallery of Ontario

September 2014