Wendy Coburn

Wendy Coburn (1963 - 2015) was a Canadian artist and professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. She was best known for her sculptural and video art, specifically Slut Nation: Anatomy of a Protest (2014). Coburn's work explored representations of women in popular culture; ideas of nationhood; the roles of image, spectacle and myth in mediating cultural difference; and the haptic and phenomenological in relation to queer and sexualized bodies, everyday objects, the world of matter, and human/animal existence.

Coburn’s work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally in galleries and festivals including Photophobia (Art Gallery of Hamilton), the Living Effect (Ottawa Art Gallery), MIX (New York Gay & Lesbian Experimental Film/Video Festival) Transmediale International Media Art Festival (Berlin, Germany), Beaver Tales and Uneasy Pieces (Oakville Galleries), Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival (Kassel, Germany), and the Dublin Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival (Dublin, Ireland).

Wendy Coburn was born in Burlington, Ontario. She has studied at Dundas Valley School of Art, Ontario College of Art, and held an MFA from Concordia University. Coburn served eight years as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U, where she taught sculpture and interdisciplinary courses. She was also a Fellow in the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.

Artist Code: 570


Slut Nation: Anatomy of a Protest

2014, 36:29 minutes, Colour, English with closed captions

Die Trauernde

2003, 02:30 minutes, Colour, German w Eng. sub

My Heart Divine

2001, 04:12 minutes, Colour, English

Critical Writing

Rightfully Yours
by Jon Davies. C Magazine, Spring 2008, no. 98.
Guts, gore & pussy galore
by Samantha Sarra. Xtra!, Apr. 3, 2003, no. 481.
My Heart
by Shawna Dempsey. Poolside, 2003. Winnipeg: Video Pool Inc., 2003.