Wendy Clark has always been creative. After completing her Bachelor of Visual Arts she worked for 20 years in the commercial design industry. Wendy’s creativity and interest in the earth makes her perfectly suited to “In Their Hands” – an environmentally inspired art show and joint project between Carindale Connect and the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C).
“It wasn’t until I went on maternity leave seven years ago, that I allowed myself the time to develop my artistic voice in a more focused way,” Wendy says.
“My creative direction was finally from my own inspiration, not steered by a client’s brief.”
Wendy, a Carina resident, attended Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA) one day a week when her daughter went to kindergarten.
She credits studying under Carolyn Mackenzie Craig at BIA as constantly challenging her with a new way of looking at her creative expression.
Wendy has always been attracted to strong bold graphic shapes and began her art career with linocuts and screenprinting, but says in the last couple of years, her style has evolved into a more delicate detail of etchings and collagraphs.
“I am always experimenting with new ways of achieving texture and tone within the medium of printmaking.”
Wendy’s previous exhibitions include ‘Underwater Wanderlust’ at the Queensland Museum as part of Science Week, ‘Proof’ – a show of emerging printmakers at Metcalfe Gallery and ‘Collosal Show 2014’ with Griffith Print Club. She’s also a member of Impress Printmakers.
As a keen gardener, she says she’s inspired by anything organic and earthy.
“I collect and save seed for propagation and study the intricate detail of natural objects and am constantly amazed at beauty that is missed in our busy lives. Through my work, I highlight this beauty by creating mythical creatures from textures and details found in my own backyard.”
Wendy says she aims to raise her child in such a way that they know where food comes from and what effect humans have on their environment.
“We spend a lot of time exploring the outdoors, harvesting our backyard crops, collecting materials for my art, appreciating a more relaxed natural lifestyle.”
At the upcoming Carindale art show Wendy is exhibiting a large collagraph printed from a plate that uses leaves, feathers, and vegetation found around south east Queensland. The piece is hand-printed with etching ink on rice paper and mounted to plywood. She is also exhibiting a series of etchings and copper shim made into mini-sculptures placed into yum cha baskets. Some of her little artist books from her prints and sheet music stitched with found objects inserted will also be available. All work is for sale.
View and buy artwork by Wendy Clark
What: “In Their Hands” Art Show
When: Saturday 7th March. Viewing from 1pm. Opening 6pm. Plus morning tea on Sunday 8th March from 9am.
Where: The Sustainability Centre, Cnr Old Cleveland Rd & Wright St, Carindale