Cathy Daley

Cathy Daley-1-Design Crush


Toronto-based artist Cathy Daley works almost exclusively with black pastel on translucent vellum for her drawings, making the women in black tights that she prefers as subject matter almost seem to float in space. I love the magical, messy end result.

Drawing on persistent cultural images inspired by ballerina tutus, the garb of fairy-tale princesses and Barbie doll couture, my work investigates childhood memories of what it means to be female in Western culture and explores cultural representation of the feminine and the body. The drawings mine contemporary vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, Hollywood cinema, fairy tales, and mythology, to examine the iconography of the feminine as it exists in the cultural imaginary, personal memory, and fantasy.


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  • Lisa

    July 3, 2014 at 9:26 am Reply

    These are stunning. I love them! They communicate so much with so little.

  • Lili Cabena

    July 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm Reply

    These are just lovely – they remind me of a current day Toulouse-Lautrec style but with a dreamy quality and minimal colour. Very expressive!

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