Wendy Fairclough draws from her background in printmaking and sculpture, using processes that include glassblowing, engraving, sand carving and casting, depending where her ideas take her. She is adept at moving between three dimensional and two dimensional fields. Her ongoing interest in what we have in common as human beings regardless of culture and religion has led her to artist residencies in China, New Zealand and India.
Wendy has exhibited internationally throughout Asia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Australia. Her work is represented in private and public collections including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Gallery of Australia, Australian National Art Glass Collection, Australian National University Collection, and Museum of Australian Democracy.
Being in lockdown away from my glass studio enabled a quiet return to drawing, painting and photography. The isolation and enforced separation from loved ones had me questioning where one gets their sense of belonging or sense of home from. Although I live in Australia, a piece of my heart always remains in my birth place, New Zealand. This new body of work draws upon the primal elements of nature light, sky, water, and land that move and inspire me, and inform my sense of place in the world.
Wendy Fairclough, June 2023