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 Wendy  
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I am a Welsh artist who graduated in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Sculpture from Loughborough University School of Art. I live and work in Bangor, Gwynedd and was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy and the Royal British Society of Sculptors (Bursary Award) in 2010. I have recently been elected to the Welsh Group.

I have always been fascinated by dolls, puppets, mannequins and clockwork mechanisms, the surreal and the uncanny. I am also preoccupied with growing old and this is a subject that is revisited over and again in my work. I love to create work that produces an uncanny response from the viewer and achieve this, in part, by creating highly realistic wax portraits which are housed in unexpected carcasses. The doll form, in particular, provides an ideal vehicle with which to articulate my ideas as it establishes a connection with the feminine and the past. My work focuses on memory, sexuality, childhood and motherhood. I mostly work with papier mache and wax which helps to reflect a sense of fragility and impermanence. My work is accessible whilst maintaining integrity; it can be experienced without exacting an interpretation but can hold the viewer’s interest for long enough to reveal deeper meaning.

 

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