Sheila Butler

October 22 - November 09, 1974

Curated by Kenneth Coutts-Smith

Solo exhibition of Sheila Butler’s work. Theme of the swimmer throughout the work and is a theme/trope she portrays often. Coutts-Smith believes that the symbol of the swimmer is Butler’s articulation of her “individual experience of being alive…a symbol necessarily of insecurity.” Began the series in 1967 and continued between 1969 and 1973 when Butler and her husband, Jack Butler, moved to Baker Lake in the North West Territories for a printmaking job.

Review by Cathy Schaffter, “The Swimmer Isolated in His Environment”