Member Profile profile for Wendy Fairclough
“In my most recent work I am drawn to objects and activities that are intimately familiar for most human beings in every culture or religion. I focus on that which we have in common regardless of external differences and enjoy interpreting gestures and objects associated with the ingenuity and creativity of the human mind and hand in meeting basic human needs such as food, warmth and shelter”
Born in New Zealand in 1958, Wendy migrated to Australia in her teens. After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Sculpture and Printmaking, she went on to complete her post graduate in Adult Education and Training. During the post graduate studies she attended a weekend glass blowing workshop which inspired her to enrol in and complete a Bachelor of Applied Arts, glass major, from the South Australian School of Art (University of SA) in 2000. Wendy draws on this background working predominantly in glass to create Still Life installations using a combination of casting, hand blowing, cold working, engraving and found objects. Recently she has begun exploring the use of different materials for casting. Her Adelaide Hills based practice comprises exhibition work, commissions and lecturing. She has exhibited throughout Asia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Australia. Fairclough’s work is represented in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Australian National Art Glass Collection, Australian National University Collection, Museum of Australian Democracy (Commissioned Artwork), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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