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Standing Figure #9, 2000
Acrylic on panel - 48 x 32 inches
Collection of Mr. Joey Basmaji
This painting was shown in the recent exhibition of figure paintings in Montréal, Québec, at the Galerie de Bellefeuille from November 4 to 16, 2000.

The subject in this particular work moves on and out and back and forth in the picture plane. There is no doubt the subject is someone in particular, but we are given no clues to her identity, her interests, or her point of view. She is depicted frontally in an extremely simple costume, much like a sweatshirt. She is distant from us, somewhat insolent in the directness of her gaze. She is, at once, no one and everyone - a universal character - someone we have been or we have known. This is Sophie Jodoin in full stride, painting the truth as she sees it - solitary, iconic, strong, silent figures engaged in a peculiar struggle that is, at once familiar and unknown.

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