PRINT September 1971

“True Patriot Love”: The Films of Joyce Wieland

JOYCE WILLARD’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. She makes padded wall hangings, pillowed quilts, and embroidery. There is an evident concern with textures and/or colors and their relationships within the frame and within the shaping of each film as a whole. There is, moreover, a cross-fertilization process at work between film and the other art forms in which she works. For instance, in Hand Tinting, she used fabric dyes to individually color sections of the film, and the perforations which appear in the segments of tinted leader between shots and scenes

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