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LOT 031

Betty Roodish Goodwin
1923 - 2008

Animal Series
mixed media on Mylar
signed and dated 1991
18 x 12 in 45.7 x 30.5 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Sold for: $12,500

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal

Betty Goodwin has been a major figure in the contemporary Canadian art scene since the 1960s. Her works are in many public and private collections and have been exhibited internationally, such as at the 1989 Bienal de São Paulo and the 1995 Venice Biennale. Taking form through various media and developed over five decades, Goodwin’s oeuvre investigates themes such as disappearance, memory and resilience. A highly sensitive artist, she was a master of conveying complex emotions in her work, and her Animal series, from which this piece derives, is a great example of this. Here, Goodwin proposes a reflection on the extinction of certain animal species and its impact on our lives. The interconnectedness between the human and the animal realm is unequivocal, as depicted by the human figure next to what seems to resemble a bovine animal. Other than the few faint tinges of red on the animal’s stomach, the work is monochromatic. Goodwin’s preoccupation with the grave issue of animal extinction, rooted in empathy, translates into a powerful and evocative work.

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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