JOYCE WIELAND "SQUID JIGGIN' GROUNDS" LITHOGRAPH, 1973
Joyce Wieland (1931–1998) was a versatile and highly influential filmmaker and gallery artist. Emerging on the Toronto art scene in the early 1960s, she 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 work shows how responsive she was to the period’s key artistic currents, including Pop Art and Conceptual art, interpreting them in her idiosyncratic style. She does not get adequate credit for being one of the very few Canadian artists working under the auspices of the former. One could argue that she is unfairly relegated to the margins, with excess emphasis on “feminist” categorization.
“Squid Jiggin’ Grounds” is a younger sibling to her “O Canada” piece from 1970. In both works, Wieland, wearing red lipstick, pressed her lips to the lithographic stone as she sang each syllable of the songs. “Squid” is a folk song written by Arthur Scammell that describes a traditional way of life of Newfoundland fishermen. It is a fascinating (and cheeky) intersection between feminism and nationalism.
This work can be found in numerous public collections across Canada, including Museum London, York University (Toronto) and Concordia University (Montréal).
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“Squid Jiggin’ Grounds”
Signed, numbered and dated ’73 by the artist.
From an edition of 50
20.5”H 29”W (work)
23.25”H 31.75”W (framed)
Very good condition
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