Filmmaker, painter, and multimedia artist Wieland (1930–1998) created startlingly original art, influenced by feminism, nationalism, and environmentalism. In 1971 the National Gallery of Canada celebrated Wieland with its first solo show dedicated to a living Canadian woman artist. Read or download the online art book here: http://www.aci-iac.ca/joyce-wieland
During the 1960s Wieland also became more concerned with politics, nationalism, and activism. Joyce Wieland, Betsy Ross, “Look What They’ve Done to the Flag You Made with Such Care,” 1966, private collection. #ArtCanInstitute
Wieland’s “The Battery,” private collection) refers to the neighbourhood at the southernmost tip of Manhattan, and though this artwork provides neither a conventional nor a realistic picture of the city, it is an unabashedly figurative painting.
In the late Wieland was initially swept up in Trudeaumania, the wave of excitement generated by Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s rise to power. Prime Minister Trudeau at the Liberal Leadership Convention in Ottawa in
Wieland returned to painting in the often devising hallucinatory imagery concerned with sexuality and spirituality rather than overtly political questions. “Untitled (Woman and Fox),” estate of Joyce Wieland.