Canada, 1965 (avant-garde, 14 minutes, colour)
Notes about Water Sark
- Shown at the Women and Film International Festival (Toronto) in 1973.
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
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
"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
"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
Bibliography for Water Sark
Armatage, Kay. "The Feminine Body: Joyce Wieland's Water Sark."
In Dialogue : cinéma canadien et québécois = Dialogue: Canadian and Quebec Cinema, edited by Michael Dorland, Seth Feldman, and Pierre Véronneau, 283-295. Montréal: Mediatexte Publications, 1987.
[English / French]
Brief Sections of Books
Nowell, Iris. Joyce Wieland: A Life in Art. Toronto: ECW Press, 2001.
Armatage, Kay. "Feminine Body: Joyce Wieland's Water Sark." Canadian Woman Studies / Les Cahiers de la femme 8, no. 1 (Spring 1987): 84-88.