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Wieland, Joyce
Artemis Artemis
1983 1983

“Artemis” is a series of 10 colour Xerox photocopies, created by the artist’s face pressing against the bed of the copy machine. The work is an expriment in new technology, and hints at a subtle relationship to photography and film, a cross-media approach not entirely unexpected for a Wieland work. The manner in which the work is read, horizontally from left to right, like film production and frames of stills, also hints at this duplicity of medium. In the vein of Weiland’s self-professed autobiographical works, “Artemis” is a self-portrait. Wieland has forgone the traditional depictions of Artemis as an object of superficial beauty, offering the viewer instead an abject and at times disturbing perspective. This subversion of traditional depictions of Artemis is furthered by the role of Artemis as a goddess of fertility and childbirth – a stark juxtaposition and sad irony, as Wieland herself was infertile. Within this work we are able to see the manifestation of the power of Wieland’s work. Challenging notions of femininity, singular mediums and expectations, “Artemis” is both provocative and haunting.

 
Wieland, Joyce
Toronto ON 1930-Toronto ON 1998 Toronto ON 1930-Toronto ON 1998
Artemis Artemis
1983 1983
10 colour photocopies 10 colour photocopies
framed: 54 cm x 151 cm; each: 34.4 cm x 21 cm
Purchase, the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, 2006 Purchase, the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, 2006
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