Joyce Wieland

Cooling Room II

1964
"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.
Title
Cooling Room II
Date
1964
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
metal toy airplane, cloth, metal wire, plastic boat, paper collage, ceramic cups with lipstick, and spoon, mounted in painted wooden case
Dimensions
114.4 x 94 x 18.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1971
Accession number
16706

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