Joyce Wieland



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, Wieland's impact is both lasting and extensive. Throughout her career Wieland explored the politicized role of women, the body, nationalism, and intimacy using a variety of mediums.

Throughout her career, Wieland established new benchmarks for what was possible for a female artist to achieve. Among her accomplishments, Wieland 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 1960s / early 1970s during her last days in New York City, with her then-husband Michael Snow, followed by a return to Toronto. 

"Sleeping Goddess" serves as a dreamy study for Wieland's 1982 sculpture at the Scarborough Inn's Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. 

The reclining woman (named Venus of Scarborough) is engulfed in her surroundings, her elongated form overcome with flowers as she gently dissipates into the earth.

When realized as the final sculpture, Wieland utilized the garden's existing flora, gently morphing it into the goddess' voluptuous silhouette. 

From the 1960s onward, Wieland's wide-ranging activism prioritized ecological preservation, a concern that often translated in her work. In this piece, we find a fascinating (and cheeky) intersection between feminism, ecology, and nationalism. 

This work can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including The Art Gallery of Ontario, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and York University to mention a few. 

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"Sleeping Goddess (Study for Venus of Scarborough)"

Canada, 1982

Colored pencil on paper

Signed, dated, and titled with an inscription by the artist 

15"H 22"W (work)

Very good condition

Note: This work is sold framed. Additional images available upon request.

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