Public Artwork

Perhaps She Was So Wicked...

Jill P. Weaving,  Perhaps She Was So Wicked…, 1988
Burrard , Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Weaving, Jill P.
Text author(s): 
Weaving, Jill P.
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 
Bus shelter on the Southwest corner of Burrard at Robson Street

Photography installed in a bus shelter

Text of the artwork: 

Perhaps she was so wicked because she had to wear those
shoes (February 1988, Glamour)
rings on her fingers and bells on the toes
position (s) in language
fetishistic functions of representation
non of the above
all of the above

Artwork theme: 
Definition of self, construction of femininity in advertising, questionning of advertising practices, commentary on the public sphere (by means of private advertising in public space) within the city of Vancouver, urbanization, deconstruction of opposing ideologies in the public realm, multiplicity of public discourse from street audience

Negotiating with the City of Vancouver, a double-sided bus shelter advertising display case was secured at the Southwest corner of Burrard and Robson Streets between February 29 and June 13, 1988. Participating artists produced new work specific to the conditions of the project and exhibited them for five consecutive three-week periods. 

February 29-March 21, 1988

Event date(s): 

Two black and white photographs are placed one above the other in the center of the poster. The red vinyl letters are superimposed over the photographs. The upper photograph comes from the film The Wizard of Oz (1939, MGM) and shows the legs of the deceased Wicked Witch of the East. Under that appears an advertisement for shoes in Glamour magazine from February 1988. Two actual size portraits are drawn on either side of the photographs. On the left is Billie Burke in the character of Glinda the Good Witch of the North (from The Wizard of Oz, 1939, MGM), and on the right, a self-portrait drawn from a wedding photograph taken in 1986.


Adverse Practises (Practises Zealously Pursued Pass Into Habits)

Culley, Peter (1988).  Adverse Practises (Practises Zealously Pursued Pass Into Habits). Vancouver : The Vancouver Association for Noncommercial Culture, p. 16