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Sheila Butler
From October 11th 1983 to November 2nd 1983
Tableaux et sculptures

Though Winnipeg artist Sheila Butler's work has often been seen in Western Canada and the American Midwest, this is her first one-person show in Montreal. The exhibition consists of 5 works combining a freestanding papier-mâché figure with a painting. Butler, in this way, pushes beyond the constraints of the picture frame into real space while maintaining the illusory, metaphorical space typical of her earlier work. Butler is engaged in an investigation of human relationships in these intimate, social, or political manifestations.

With Butler the focus may indeed be the figure, but the expression is achieved by the relationship between the component parts; the image is only one element in that matrix. Within that desire to establish a balance of tension between the various components, lies the need to generalize, to reduce the figure to a symbol.
- Nancy Dillow
- Press release (Winnipeg Art Gallery)