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Cooling Room II, 1964

Joyce Wieland
Canadian, 1930 - 1998
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
Purchased 1971
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. Influenced by American pop culture and filmmaking, she divided each box into frames that show a sequence of events allowing the viewer to construct a story. The themes evoked by the individual objects suggest travel, tragedy, love, and time passing as the string 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.

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