In the Studio

"Fairclough’s work is characterised by a distinctive visual language, instantly recognisable as the artist’s own, that at the same time allows her to articulate a diversity of ideas and concerns. Her understated aesthetic combines approaches derived from her background in painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation with a deep and abiding love of the materiality of glass. The basic building blocks of Fairclough’s work are common, domestic objects, transposed into glass by way of casting, blowing and cold-working. These objects form the basis of carefully arranged tableaux that blend a painter’s understanding of light, colour and composition with an acute sensitivity to the poetic possibilities of objects in space.” (Roy Ananda)

“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. The focus is on what we have in common regardless of external differences and extends to an interpretation of 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”

Wendy’s Adelaide Hills, studio based practice comprises exhibition work, commissions and lecturing. She has exhibited throughout Asia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Australia.

Wendy’s work is represented in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Australian Art Glass Collection, Australian National University Collection, Museum of Australian Democracy, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs                                                                                                                                                . 

studio dog

For more information about Wendy’s practice you might like to take a look at the following links;

A short, informative, 4 minute YouTube video taken in my studio where I discuss the concepts behind some work and talk you through the many processes involved in the creation of just one cast glass piece. Only 4 minutes, everyone should know how much work is involved!

Link to the website of exhibition GLASS:art design architecture. Touring 2015-2018

Catalogue essay by Una Rey for exhibition, Heartland, held at the Art Gallery of South Australia 2013


Artwork photo credits;

All artwork photography   Grant Hancock

Except for the following;

'Quiet Industry II'   Anna Medlin

'Breach'   Robert Little

'Order' and 'Clothe'   Craig Arnold

'With my Food basket...'  Richard Wotton