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Elsewhere, an exhibition at Australian Galleries, 28 Derby Street, Collingwood Melbourne, opens on Tuesday 16th May and is current until 4th June

The twenty-six meter charcoal drawing extends across twelve large canvases. The work is an expression of the artist’s sustained engagement with the beauty of the desert and her interest in scale and vastness. This work is based on many years of travel and research in the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. This ambitious project is a 360 degree continuous, wrap-around drawing. A large new exhibition space at no.28, directly opposite Australian Galleries in Derby Street, Collingwood has made it possible to realize this project, a long-held dream.

Sample Coffee

Four of Wendy’s large charcoal drawings from her Antarctica series are hanging on the big white walls of a new Café in St Peters. Situated on Mary Street in three adjoining warehouse spaces, coffee enthusiast Reuben Marden has installed a beautiful old coffee roaster and opened a café called Sample Coffee Roasters. Check the website for opening times. 

The address is Precinct 75, Suite 1.01, 75 Mary Street, St Peters.

2015 Kedumba Drawing Award

In 2015 Wendy was invited to submit a new work for the Kedumba Drawing Award at the Orange Regional Gallery.

South Georgia # 1, 2015, 38cm x 99.5cm, charcoal and pastel on paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Georgia # 2, 2015,38cm x 99.5cm, charcoal and pastel on paper, 

Research expedition, Western Deserts, 2014.

In July 2014 Wendy joined a small expedition which embarked in Alice Springs, traveled westwards to Docker River in Western Australia before heading north through Pintubi (Bindubi) desert country to Lake Mackay, eventually reaching the Balgo Hills escarpment in the Tanami Desert via the Palotine Hills. This experience informed her 2015 work. 

Solo exhibition – Lament, an antartic encounter, 2012

In 2012 Wendy’s passion for wilderness led her to Antarctica, the driest continent on earth. Departing from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina she sailed on a Russian Icebreaker to South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula. This powerfully affecting voyage provided new material for her investigation into scale, space and the sublime, subjects that remain central to her work.The disused chart room on the uppermost deck of the ship became a sheltered work space while many trips ashore on zodiacs allowed time to explore the landscape and observe the wildlife. Research on this expedition laid the groundwork for the exhibition in Sydney at Australian Galleries in 2013.  

Rajastan, India, 2012

In October 2012 Wendy travelled in Rajastan, India. She took the opportunity to experience the Thar Desert on a camel safari west of Jaisalmer. Daytime temperatures hovered around 40 degrees. The pale rippled sand dunes and the dusty shrubs and thorn trees were a perfect backdrop for the bright saris of the village women and the orange and red turbans of herders. Some smaller works were made in the studio in response to the colours of India. 

2012 Dobell Prize


Antarctica #28 , 2012, was selected for the 2012 Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of NSW. 

This is one of a series of works which are a response to the artist’s trip to Antarctica and South Georgia in January 2012. The work is a triptych, framed in three panels and measuring approximately 153 cm in height and 306 cm in width. The medium is charcoal and pastel on paper.

Solo exhibition 2012 – “Swale and Dune”

Australian Galleries – Works on Paper, Sydney,  April, 2012.

 

Most of the drawings in this show were about The Canning Stock Route in Western Australia, which is one of the most isolated 4WD tracks on earth. “I travelled this route with a small group in 1999 and was so captivated by the landscape that I repeated the trip in 2004 and again in 2007. I am compelled by the wide, circling reach of horizontal space, the humbling sense of scale and by the variety, complexity and persistence of life in the desert. Every year I travel to remote desert country, but the Canning Stock Route remains my favourite expedition. It is a two-week journey from Billiluna, which is 150km South of Hall’s Creek, to Wiluna. The rough track crosses the Tanami Desert, the Great Sandy Desert, the Little Sandy Desert and the Gibson Desert. There are nine hundred red sand dunes to negotiate. As the average annual rainfall is less than 250mm, this country is classified as an arid zone, but it supports an abundance of life. Thanks to the efforts of several groups of enthusiasts, enough wells still produce drinkable water, making it possible to travel the 1900km. There are no services along the way except a small store at the little Aboriginal community of Kunawarritji. Fuel and all supplies and must be carried.” WL