Carol Malyon: Colville's People


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Where poems and paintings meet: Watch. Keep on watching. The moment the viewer looks away something terrible will happen.

Carol Malyon sees paintings as miminalist narratives. The words are missing. She stares, concentrates, tries to imagine those missing words.

Only certain paintings, though: people with faces hidden, preventing eye contact; an atmosphere of mystery, foreboding, angst. Alex Colville's paintings, for instance. Expecially Colville's. His paintings disturb; demand attention.

Published in November 2002 by the Mercury Press, Toronto

  • Artworks referenced in Colville's People

  • Sample Poems:


            June Noon

            Wind from the Sea

  • Cover painting: Swimmer and Sun, by Alex Colville