Clay produced ten labyrinths as oil paintings on canvas and these correspond to the narratives in her artist's book "Stories". Unlike the black and white labyrinths in the book, the oil paintings are luscious and colorful. The structures of Clay’s stories are commensurate with the structures of the labyrinths. More specifically, the content of the stories has the same feeling as looking at the labyrinths; both the stories and the labyrinths are open-ended, elusive, uneasy, disorienting, anxious and also exciting. Above all there is an analogy between making art, whether it is visual art or writing, and navigating a labyrinth: both are process-based and, as a result, circumvent the master narrative of achieving a goal.
Exhibition: Costin and Klintworth, Paintings with Voices, Toronto, Ontario, 1989.Material: oil on linen.
24 inches square
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