JOYCE WIELAND "SQUID" 1973
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was a versatile and highly influential filmmaker and gallery artist.
Over the course of her long career, Wieland made strives for all women working in both professional realms.
Throughout her career she 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.
Her artistic practice was arguably most fruitful during the late 1960's / early 1970's during her last days in New York City, with then husband Michael Snow, and return to Toronto.
This work, "Squid Jiggin' Grounds" is younger sibling to Wieland's masterpiece "O Canada" from 1970.
In both works Wieland wears red lipstick, pressing her lips to the lithographic stone while singing "Squid Jiggin' Grounds' (a folk song from Newfoundland).
It is a fascinating (and cheeky) intersection between feminism and nationalism.
This work can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including Museum London, York University and Concordia University to mention a few.
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Signed, numbered 34/50 and dated '73 by the artist.
29"W 20.5"W (work)
35.5"W 27"H (framed)