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Art HERstory: Joyce Wieland


Art HERstory: Joyce Wieland (1931-1998)

Art HERstory: Joyce Wieland (1931-1998)

In the midst of the World Cup, patriotism is alive and rampant. Americans even pulled together for the least important sporting event to our culture. For some, pride isn’t seasonal. Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) held Canda near and dear to her heart no matter which sport was on television. Joyce’s love for her country was obviously displayed in her art as well. The only thing Joyce loved more than Canada, and illustrated more in her work, was sex.

"Ann's Moon" (1986). This painting illusrates Joyce's romantic side. Cant't you just imagine sitting lakeside with your beau gazing up at a moon like this?

"Ann's Moon" (1986). This painting illusrates Joyce's romantic side. Cant't you just imagine sitting lakeside with your beau gazing up at a moon like this?

Most of Joyce’s work was extremely autobiographical and were open expressions of her interest and love for Canada, romance, sex, girl power, and politics. Unlike most artists who use paint, pencils, cameras, or a sewing machine to create, Joyce turned to her reliable needle and thread. No, she isn’t a well-known painter, photographer, or designer. The majority of Joyce’s work was embroidery and quiltmaking. Her quilts were her claim to fame, but she also dabbled in painting and filmaking.

"I Love Canada - J'aime Canada" (1970). Well if you don't know, now you know!

"I Love Canada - J'aime Canada" (1970). Well if you don't know, now you know!

The earlier works in Joyce’s career revolved around the themes of romance and intimacy. Her painting “Redgasm” (1960) is a perfect representave abstract work for what Joyce created in her early years. An alternative name for the poem is “Red Orgasm” so you can pretty much guess what its about. “Paint Phantom” is another great example. The colors and blending of the painting are phenomenal, but it shows a little too much T&A.
"Reason Over Passion" (1968). This quilt is Joyce's most well-known work. It was made for Canadia Prime Minister Pierre Eliott Trudeu and hung on the wall of his home during his term.

"Reason Over Passion" (1968). This quilt is Joyce's most well-known work. It was made for Canadia Prime Minister Pierre Eliott Trudeu and hung on the wall of his home during his term.

Shockingly enough the most popular of Joyce’s pieces isn’t one with a lot of unmentionables exposed. It’s actually one of her quilts. “Reason Over Passion” The quilt is a simple quilt with the words “Reason Over Passion” sewn onto it. The original was actually purchased by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Eliott Trudeau and hung on the wall in his home during his term as Prime Minister. It was only right that Trudeau was the owner of the quilt because the message on it was his personal motto. A slogan that Joyce heard him repeat.

"The Water Quilt" (1970-1). What looks like countless tiny water-filled squares with flowers floating in them is actually a quilt. The piece took a year to make and each flower was hand embroidered by Joyce. One thing is for sure, she was dedicated to her craft!

"The Water Quilt" (1970-1). What looks like countless tiny water-filled squares with flowers floating in them is actually a quilt. The piece took a year to make and each flower was hand embroidered by Joyce. One thing is for sure, she was dedicated to her craft!

During the end of Joyce’s career she stayed out of the limelight and spend most of her time in her home painting. The 1980s were the years that she created the most erotic work of her career. Although her work wasn’t saturating galleries and art shows, Joyce Wieland is easily one of the most famous and respected female artists in Canadian history. She died in 1998.

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