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Water Sark

Directed by Joyce Wieland
Canada, 1965 (avant-garde, 14 minutes, colour)

Notes about Water Sark


Quote by the Director

"I wanted to make a self-sufficient film, photographing myself in those mirrors on the table with all that water and prisms, and glasses and cups. In a way I was saying I can do a film that needs no people, no outside world, no glamour, no money, and do it all in the kitchen."
-- Joyce Wieland (source)

Quotes about Water Sark

"Although [Joyce] Wieland's work had from the early part of her career been concerned with sex and sexuality, including considerable attention to phallic sexuality, in Water Sark one can see in process her 'discovery' of the feminine body. This 'feminine body' is traced upon the female body in much of her work, but it also becomes a practice of image construction through which she is able to operate the feminine over the male body in a very literal displacement of the phallic."
-- Kay Armatage (source)

"Water Sark [...] set a precedent for a feminist self-representation due to its direct and celebratory exploration of female subjectivity. [...] Wieland created an empowered language of the feminine on her own terms, long before better known endeavours such as Judy Chicago's Feminist Art Program [...]."
-- Anne Low (source)

"In Water Sark (1964-1965) Wieland films kitchen objects (crockery, rubber gloves, a tea pot) as well as her own body to discover and define a feminine space."
-- Janine Marchessault (source)

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