Journal

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