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Williamson, Margaux
We loved the world and the things in the world We loved the world and the things in the world
2014 2014

“We loved the world and the things in the world” is a small self-portrait painted with thinned oils on panel. It depicts heavy tears rolling down the artist’s face. Are they tears of sadness or relief? Williamson is always present in her “I Could See Everything” series, and perhaps, as some have suggested, figuring as a fictional painter. The portrait sits at a pivotal moment in the narrative of the series, which deals with the artist’s struggle–to some extent everyone’s struggle–to imagine a better world. Although evoking a collective “we,” the title suggests, rather than transcendence, a moment of radical acceptance of the world as it is, an experience of immanence. In the same instant, the title’s past tense suggests catastrophic or perhaps redemptive events at the source of the artist’s tears.

 
Williamson, Margaux
Pittsburgh PA 1978 Pittsburgh PA 1978
We loved the world and the things in the world We loved the world and the things in the world
2014 2014
Oil on wood Oil on wood
35.6 x 27.9 cm
Purchase, Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grants program and the Art Centre Acquisitions Endowment Fund (Queen's University), 2015 Purchase, Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grants program and the Art Centre Acquisitions Endowment Fund (Queen's University), 2015
58-003.02

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