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The Australian National University

Wendy Teakel

Position: Head of Sculpture


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Wendy Teakel works across the disciplines of sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. Her artworks explore the nature of place within the cultural landscape of farms. Growing up in the country and still living in a rural setting, Wendy's recent works express an insider’s view of the rural landscape. The farmer employs ingenuity to create 'make-do' inventions to ward off impending disasters; a gate propped by a tree branch or roofing iron weighted with rocks serves the farmer's practical purpose and offers a a range of poetic strategies for Wendy's artwork. She explores the relationships between shifting and permanent spaces that exist on farms and identifies specific places, creating their presence within the gallery space. The materials employed by Wendy are highly inventive as she collects tin, wire, grain or grasses from places she visits to incorporate into her work. Wendy is also known for her use of pokerwork: pieces of fencing wire and farm detritus picked up along the way are heated and used to scorch patterns reminiscent of animal tracks or other farm activities onto plywood or paper surfaces.

Wendy's qualifications include a Diploma of Art, Riverina College of Advanced Education (1980), a Postgraduate Diploma in Sculpture, Canberra School of Art (1985) and Masters of Arts, Fine Art by Research, RMIT University (2004). Since the late 1980's Wendy has held over 30 solo exhibitions in Australia and Thailand and has been selected into over 80 group and curated exhibitions.


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