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, she would explore the role of women, the body, nationalism and intimacy in a variety of mediums throughout her career.

While she experienced several professional peaks, Wieland established new benchmarks for what was possible for a female artist to achieve.

Sleeping Goddess (Study for Venus of Scarborough)” 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 overwhelmed with flowers as she gently dissipates into the earth. When realized as the final sculpture, Wieland utilized the gardens existing flora, gently morphing it into the goddessvoluptuous silhouette.

Wieland’s wide ranging activism prioritized ecological preservation, a concern that often translated in her work. In this piece, we find intersections 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.

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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 

15H 22W (work)

17.75H 24.75W (framed)

Very good condition

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


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