JOYCE WIELAND “THE FAR SHORE” FILM POSTER, 1976
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.
During much of the 1970s, Wieland was consumed by the creation (and recovery) of making her single feature film "The Far Shore". Her all-encompassing approach included writing the script, directing, co-producing, and trying to finance the project, a task that she notoriously despised.
The film was loosely inspired by the life and death of the Canadian painter, Tom Thompson. However it follows a female protagonist, Eulalie de Chicoutimi, as the two engage in a passionate affair. Contrary to mainstream film, which tends to be filtered through the male gaze, “The Far Shore” is rooted in the deep emotions of Chicoutimi’s experience, capturing her vulnerability through melodramatic cinematography. Despite the lackluster reception at the time of its premiere, “The Far Shore” has been hailed as an important feminist film in recent years.
This poster was created by Weiland to promote “The Far Shore” and is exemplary of her unwavering dedication to its production. Chicoutimi is centered at the top of the poster, her head tilted downward as her eyes fixate on the viewer. The intensity of her gaze is contrasted by a soft pastel palette, signifying the inherent strength of her femininity. Three stills from the film are placed underneath her portrait in a way that reinforces Chicoutimi’s role as the film’s heroine.
Joyce Wieland's work 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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28.5” H 21”W (work)
31.5"H 24"W (framed)
(Work was recently cleaned by a paper conservator, some faint staining/wear remains) Overall very good condition.
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