Joyce Wieland: Artist on Fire is an intimate biography of one of Canada's best-loved and most influential artists. Drawing on extensive interviews and over ten years of research, author Jane Lind captures Joyce's colourful personality and offbeat life in print.
Lind reveals the turmoil of Joyce's childhood and teens, chronicles the wild jazz parties and gallery openings of the fifties and sixties, and discusses Joyce's long, troubled marriage to fellow artist Michael Snow. Her richly productive career is also fully described and considered, and more than 50 of her best works are reproduced in colour.
Bursting with anecdotes and generously illustrated with personal photographs as well as colour reproductions of Joyce's art, Joyce Wieland: Artist on Fire is an engaging, entertaining biography.
...A fat, juicy tome dense with research.
Lind offers meticulous detail... her story steps forward sturdily, expanding into the wider context of social and political events when necessary, with a sharp focus on her subject. ...She is one of the treasures of our culture.
"Jane Lind's adulatory Joyce Wieland: Artist on Fire does justice to the lushness of Wieland's imagination, her daring, her refusal to second-guess herself as an artist."
...absorbing... this book resonates with names and anecdotes from the highest echelons of the Canadian art world.
"To many friends, and in bitter moments to herself, Wieland's life, with its highs and heartbreaks, [came to symbolize women's defiant struggle for self-expression: she was goddess and victim combined, the essence of matriarchy under siege.
"Lind's biography is by far the more thorough, scholarly and wide-ranging in perspective, enriched by the inclusion of 50 colour plates and a broad sampling of photographs that capture the flavour of the personality and her milieu."
"[Lind's book is a credible, well-researched overview of the painter's life and times, which although often speculative, draws some neat conclusions."
"Jane Lind captures a brief period of optimism and flamboyance in Canadian cultural history and an artist whose passionate spirit epitomized both. It made me want to laugh -- and cry."
"Joyce Wieland gave us dreams. Jane Lind has gathered the 'stuff' of these dreams to weave a tapestry rich in the colour, texture, and strength of creative passion that were Joyce Wieland."
"The biography is written from a feminist perspective and recognizes Weiland as a woman of great personal courage ... it reveals the hopes of a Canadian woman artist of her generation as well as the pitfalls she encountered as she dealt with success and recognition."
"Compelling reading...Wieland's life was the stuff of myth.
"A more authoritative chronicle...a handsome hard-cover, more fully illustrated with dozens of personal photographs and colour reproductions of more than 50 of Wieland's works."
"The book is superbly produced with stunning full-page colour plates of Wieland's art, dozens of excellent black and white photographs, stills from Wieland's documentary films and from The Far Shore, and many other colour snapshots of Joyce with family, friends, and pets....By the time I reached the final chapters of Lind's story, I was deeply moved and fully engaged with the narrative."
At long last a book on Joyce Wieland's life and art that can be used as a spring board for further research and study into the vast legacy which Wieland has left behind.
Jane Lind has written a thoughtful, well researched and serious text.
...aside from endorsing this book for individual readership, it is my personal hope that every public library and every university library will have Joyce Wieland: Artist on Fire by Jane Lind on their acquisition lists and on their shelves.