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Joyce Wieland

Country: Canada
Born: 1931
Died: 1998

Films directed by Joyce Wieland

Quotes by Joyce Wieland

"I really think there is a female aesthetic. [...] It feels different to be a woman, so naturally the films are going to be different."
-- Joyce Wieland (source)

"When Anthology Films came into existence in New York, which was a place to collect classics of the New Cinema as well as world cinema, the founders of it were the same men who judged which films were classics and which weren't. Naturally they got a selection of the male Structuralists and didn't choose any films made by women. Since their policy was never to give out reasons of choice or rejection, I never had a clue, and had to surmise that none of my works were classics. [...] The whole thing I am talking about made me very strong because I left it behind. It is no different than what has happened to many other women. It is really a wonder that any women filmmakers have managed to survive."
-- Joyce Wieland (source)

Quotes about Joyce Wieland

"I was so struck by the way Joyce [Wieland's] films stayed alive. They have a conceptual richness that can't be ascribed to just one historical moment. There's a humor that runs through her work, but also a sense of excess and exuberance--a joy in the body, in flesh and in light."
-- Kay Armatage (source)

"To a hermetic art scene that was characterized by a 'subjectless' attention to the materiality of the medium -- sprocket holes, zoom lenses, static shots, duration, and time -- [Joyce] Wieland brought irreverence, painterly intensity, humour, and politics."
-- Kay Armatage (source)

"Despite her critical and interpersonal entanglements in the structural film initiative, Wieland characteristically fashioned an idiosyncratic position that could simultaneously borrow from, critique, and transcend stylistic prerogatives identified with each camp."
-- Paul Arthur (source)

"Joyce Wieland's films elude easy categorization. The body of work as a whole is varied -- there are films of a formal nature, and others which are less so. Several are political, concerned with technology, ecology, and her native land, Canada. Her films are informed by her involvement in other, more directly tactile art forms -- painting, drawing, construction -- and in crafts such as quilting."
-- Regina Cornwell (source)

"[Joyce] Wieland's complete filmic archives were donated to the Cinémathèque québécoise following her death in 1998. With her film distributor, the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution [Centre] (CFMDC), a DVD compilation entitled The Complete Works of Joyce Wieland was produced in 2011 that brings together sixteen shorts and two feature films that Wieland produced in her lifetime. As an unfinished film, Wendy and Joyce is not among these eighteen films, but a rough assembly and some disparate film and sound elements labelled 'Wendy and Joyce' are housed at the Cinémathèque, while her paper-based notes and sound elements are held in the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University."
-- Monika Kin Gagnon (source)

"An internationally acclaimed painter and filmmaker, [Joyce Wieland] was the first female living artist to have a solo show at the National Gallery of Canada and at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Wieland was a major figure in the avant-garde film scene of the 1960s and '70s and, together with Michael Snow, was one of the founders of Canadian experimental cinema. She may also be the first underground filmmaker to make the transition to the commercial film industry and was certainly only one of a handful of women feature-film directors in Canada at that time."
-- Barbara Goslawski (source)

"Consistently employing materials and themes linked to the private sphere of women's experiences, Joyce Wieland's films introduce the identity politic so crucial to the exploration of sexual difference in feminist films of the 1970s and 1980s."
-- Janine Marchessault (source)

"[In Pierre Vallières (1972), Joyce] Wieland focuses entirely on the lips of an eloquent separatist, echoing and expanding her paintings of lips, several of which (West 4th, 1963) in themselves echoed film strips. In fact, her oeuvre is notable for its wholeness. Those circles and lips (and those circular lips) can be found not only in the paintings and in Pierre Vallières, but in the other films as well -- in the feature The Far Shore (1976), when the hero and heroine silently mouth words to each other through magnifying glasses, and in Water Sark (1965), where domestic items on a kitchen table are presented with reverence and are filmed through glasses of water, and in Reason over Passion (1969), in which Wieland mouths the national anthem, and most of all in Birds at Sunrise (shot in 1972, completed in 1986), which literally sees through a circle -- Wieland photographed birds through cardboard tubes [...] and in the process exalted them, both sensually and spiritually, in a fashion that recalls O'Keefe's canonization of flowers."
-- Jay Scott (source)

For QUOTES about a specific film by Joyce Wieland, please see:   Tea in the Garden    A Salt in the Park    Patriotism, Part I    Water Sark    Barbara's Blindness    Handtinting    Bill's Hat    1933    Sailboat    Rat Life and Diet in North America    La raison avant la passion    Dripping Water    Pierre Vallières    Solidarity    The Far Shore    A and B in Ontario    Birds at Sunrise   

Notes about Joyce Wieland

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Bibliography for Joyce Wieland

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Section 2: Publications about Joyce Wieland

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Section 3: Publications about the Films of Joyce Wieland

A Salt in the Park (1959)

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Patriotism, Part I (1964)  (also known as: "Patriotism 1")

Brief Sections of Books

Dissertation Chapters

Water Sark (1965)

Book Chapters

Brief Sections of Books

Journal Articles

Patriotism, Part II (1965)  (also known as: "Patriotism 2")

Dissertation Chapters

Barbara's Blindness (1965)

Brief Sections of Books

Handtinting (1967)  (also known as: "Hand Tinting")

Brief Sections of Books

Journal Articles

Dissertations

Bill's Hat (1967)

Brief Sections of Books

Rat Life and Diet in North America (1968)

Brief Sections of Books

La raison avant la passion (1969)  (also known as: "Reason over Passion")

Book Chapters

Brief Sections of Books

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Pierre Vallières (1972)

Brief Sections of Books

Journal Articles

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Solidarity (1973)

Brief Sections of Books

The Far Shore (1976)  (also known as: "L'autre rive", "True Patriot Love")

Books

Book Chapters

Brief Sections of Books

Journal Articles

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

A and B in Ontario (1984)

Brief Sections of Books

Archival Collections

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