Paper about Art and Feminism, 1974, page 5

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The Water Quill (detail). Photo: Eberhard Otto.

iconography of this narrative genre painting
of the nineteenth century. Why is this con-
tent, often dealing with social issues in the
lives of ordinary men and women and with
the moral problems of the day, cast aside as
trivial whereas what seems to me rather
paltry and silly questions about neo-platonic
doctrine in the sixteenth century is taken
enormously seriously, suitable for a lifetime
of scholarly work? Why is there this kind of
value dichotomy governing our cultural
institutions? Here again feminism led me to
ask questions which are not necessarily
totally concerned with the issue of women.
Feminism is like a key that unlocks many of
the closed compartments in_the mind, com-
partments created by one's “natural" expec-
tations which now have to be revised, cast
aside, sorted out again.

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The Water Quill by Joyce Weiland (C


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I anada), embroidered cotton and printed cloth, 1970.
Collection: The Art Gallery oi Winnipeg. Courtesy: artcanada. Photo: Eberhard Otto.