JOYCE WIELAND "CRASH COMIC" DRAWING, 1968
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was one of the most accomplished and versatile Canadian artists of the 20th century. Emerging on the Toronto art scene at the beginning of the 1960s, over the course of her career Wieland explored the role of women, the body, nationalism, and intimacy using a variety of mediums.
As well as drawing and painting, the artist utilized untraditional materials such as quilts and lipstick. Traditionally seen as feminine and craft-like, Wieland renegotiated the ‘low art’ or inherently misogynistic labels of these materials, engaging with feminist dialogue in subject matter and medium.
All biographies of the artist have noted that Wieland was an artist constantly sketching, doodling and drawing. One of her most common motifs was stylized, cartoon-like drawings. She first began making comic-strip style drawings as a child to cope after the death of her parents. Throughout her career, Wieland revisited comic and/or film strips in both drawings and paintings.
This drawing showcases three comic-strip style drawings. One features an automobile crash, one appears to be an explosion, and the last shows two people approaching and encountering each resulting in one person being pushed down.
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.
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).
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Untitled "Crash Comic"
Canada, circa 1968
Pencil on paper
Signed by the artist.
9"H 11.75"W (work)
15"H 17.5"W (framed)
Very good condition.
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