Having come out of a long practice of black and white (primarily landscape) photography, Wendy’s work continues her fascination with tone, shadow and a meditative process whereby she distills the Australian landscape down to what she sees as its key elements.
Initially Wendy likes to work “en plein air”, looking for the essence of the landscape she’s chosen and then attempts to represent this essence by a line or simple shape. From this simple beginning, Wendy finds that the elements then seem to take on their own order or relationships as she ‘plays’ with them. Wendy approaches individual works as if they were empty rooms in which she places just a few pieces of furniture to make them comfortable. Wendy says “I am continually asking myself “does it work with less”? I like to think that my work provides a quiet contemplate experience for the viewer in contrast to the noise, crowding and competitive nature of our daily lives.”
The use of paper is central to Wendy’s work and the work often takes on a transitory form, as in installations. The considerable time Wendy has spent living and working in Asia has also informed the work, as has her affinity with Taoist and Confucian philosophies. The result is a combination of excitement and meditation (Yin/Yang) contained within an ongoing investigation of the Australian landscape.