"Unlike some of the work within [the experimental film] tradition, [Joyce] Wieland does not resort to pure abstraction, to a complete denial of reference. Nor, however, does she surrender to mainstream expression. Wieland's self-reflexivity is not only a 'device' to explore the nature of cinema. She makes the viewer aware of the filmmaking process in order to sharpen perception for a greater end. Wieland's work is indeed about film, but also considers concrete political issues. It is not a cinema only of itself; it is rather a cinema that is aware of the society that gave it birth."
-- Lianne M. McLarty
McLarty, Lianne M. "The Experimental Films of Joyce Wieland." ["[Originally published in] CinÚ-Tracts 17 (Summer-Fall 1982): 51-63."] In The Films of Joyce Wieland, edited by Kathryn Elder. Toronto: Toronto International Film Festival Group, 1999. (p. 87)