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The Metamorphosis of Tory Fair
by Francine Koslow Miller

Forty-one-year-old, Boston-based sculptor Tory Fair likes to think of herself as a “late bloomer,” and the evolution of her artistic career is allied with her varied experiences as an athlete, environmentalist, traveler, and spiritualist dreamer.1 For her second solo show at South Boston’s LaMontagne gallery in spring 2010, Fair created three life-sized, self-portrait figures designed (literally and metaphorically) to look beyond the conventional boundaries of the white walls. The “In the Wall” figures—cast in resin from Fair’s own body and seen from the rear—appear to be in the process of submerging their heads into the wall or floor. Sensual and strong, these hybrid figures are animated with hundreds of hand-designed and hand-cast resin flowers.

In the Wall II, 2010.
Resin and sand, 26 x 49 x 21 in.

Image: Etienne Frossard, Courtesy Lamontagne Gallery


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