Cooling Room II, 1964
metal toy airplane, cloth, metal wire, plastic boat, paper collage, ceramic cups with lipstick, and spoon, mounted in painted wooden case
114.4 x 94 x 18.3 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 16706)
"Cooling Room II" is so named for the words printed on the discarded boxes that Joyce Wieland used to make three-dimensional assemblages of found objects. Drawing on her background as a film animator, she divided each box like the frames of a film, providing a sequence of events from which the viewer could construct a story. The themes evoked by the individual objects suggest travel, tragedy, love, and time passing as the sequence of cups reveals their ever-diminishing contents. The lipstick on the rims implies a female perspective and alludes to the artist's stated dread of disaster, death, and loss.