JOYCE WIELAND "BUNNIES", 1980
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was one of the most accomplished and versatile Canadian artists of the 20th century. Emerging on the Toronto art scene in the early 1960s, throughout her career Wieland would explore the role of women, the body, nationalism, and intimacy using a variety of mediums. However illustration was always the bedrock of her practice.
Wieland was deeply responsive to the natural environment, both as an ardent activist and as an artist/filmmaker. She possessed an awareness and sensitivity to ecological issues decades before they became widespread. Appropriately representations of forests, flora and fauna regularly appear in her oeuvre.
In this charming drawing, which comes from one of the artist's sketchbooks, the bunnies are divided up into sequential scenes - similar to a storyboard in film pre-production.
Additional research will hopefully reveal whether these bunnies appear in a completed work. In the meantime, they are a delightful representation of Wieland's style and passion for sketching.
Today Joyce Wieland's works can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery, Museum London and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) to mention a few.
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Canada, circa 1980
Initialled in pencil by the artist
Colour pencils on paper
Very good condition
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