The Most
She Weighed /
The Least
She Weighed

1982

Some years ago, a woman told me the history of the weight of her body. Although she had lived a long time her body weight had changed only a few times and on the whole she maintained a weight of 98 lbs.

She identified with the body that weighed 98 lbs.

Of course, she was still herself when she weighed less or more, but not so completely herself. When she weighed 98 lbs, she more closely resembled the person she thought of as herself.

[…] I have wanted to objectify the history of a body and the process of change that affects that body. I have chosen a material way to communicate my understanding of a physical condition. The means I use may communicate by agreement or by chance, or may go unnoticed.

[…] I anticipate that through a representation of some aspects of the story I can articulate the nature of identity as I understand it.

Liz Magor, “The Most She Weighed,” in Mayo Graham, 1 x 2: Liz Magor, John McEwen, Calgary, Glenbow Museum, 1983, p. 13.

Lead, aluminium
38.4 × 77.2 × 38.3 cm and 30.5 × 62.2 × 31 cm
Photos: Richard-Max Tremblay

Collection of Ydessa Hendeles, Toronto
Courtesy Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation