JOYCE WIELAND "LIPSTICK - FACING NORTH" LITHO, 1973
Joyce Wieland's (1931-1998) "Lipstick" works are arguably her most famous creations from her impressive and diverse career.
This work, "Lipstick - Facing North - Self Impression" is part of an iconic series from the early 1970's that addressed (female) Canadian identity and the nation's geographical quirks -all punctuated with lipstick marks.
In such works Wieland wears red lipstick, pressing her lips to the lithographic stone and creating impressions of kisses, icons of sexualized femininity - the results are both playful and subversive.
It is a fascinating (and cheeky) intersection between feminism and nationalism.
Over the course of Wieland's career, she made strives for women working in both film and visual arts.
Wieland established new benchmarks for what was possible for a female artist to achieve.
Notably, she was the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery (Ottawa) in 1971.
This work can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery, Museum London and Concordia University to mention a few.
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Signed, numbered "Trial Proof 1/2" and dated '73 by the artist.
17"W 13"H (work)
24"W 17"H (framed)
Very good condition
Note: This is the trial proof for the edition of 50. It has a slightly different coloration than the rest of the edition and is therefore a rare example.