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Wendy DesChene
updated: 07/16/2009
website: www.wendydeschene.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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untitled
Generation 7- DuckFeet
Generation 7 Mural
Generation 5 - Pink Horns
generation 6 - Bunny Butts
Generation 5 - Duck Feet Wave
generation 6 - Bunny Legs Mural
Generation 7 - Raven's Duck Feet
Generation 4 - Bunnies
Generation 7 - Bunnies
Cave Painting
Cave Painting
Cave Painting
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  process, collaborative, animals, conceptual, fantasy, kitsch, domestic, cartoon, abstract, biomorphic
 
 
untitled by Wendy DesChene
untitled
colored pencil on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Generation 7- DuckFeet by Wendy DesChene
Generation 7- DuckFeet
Conte and Acrylic on Wall
2008
Dimensions variable
Generation 7 Mural by Wendy DesChene
Generation 7 Mural
Conte and Acrylic on Wall
2008
Dimensions variable
Generation 5 - Pink Horns by Wendy DesChene
Generation 5 - Pink Horns
colored pencil on paper
2007
24" x  18" 
generation 6 - Bunny Butts by Wendy DesChene
generation 6 - Bunny Butts
colored pencil on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Generation 5 - Duck Feet Wave by Wendy DesChene
Generation 5 - Duck Feet Wave
Conte and Acrylic on Wall
2007
Dimensions variable
generation 6 - Bunny Legs Mural by Wendy DesChene
generation 6 - Bunny Legs Mural
Conte and Acrylic on Wall
2007
Dimensions variable
Generation 7 - Raven's Duck Feet by Wendy DesChene
Generation 7 - Raven's Duck Feet
colored pencil on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Generation 4 - Bunnies by Wendy DesChene
Generation 4 - Bunnies
colored pencil on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Generation 7 - Bunnies by Wendy DesChene
Generation 7 - Bunnies
colored pencil on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Cave Painting by Wendy DesChene
Cave Painting
Colored pencil on wall
2007
Dimensions variable
Cave Painting by Wendy DesChene
Cave Painting
colored pencil on wall
2007
Dimensions variable
Cave Painting by Wendy DesChene
Cave Painting
colored pencil on wall
2007
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

More often than not, our first experiences with paintings or drawings are from a book. The nature of the print medium sets us up for an expectation of an experience that was never intended by the artist.


Starting with original observational drawings of my own sculptures, this process is magnified in this suite of drawings. Represented here are five generations of decay and change. In order to reconfigure the image to the next generation a new process of intervention is employed: one for each new stage. In this way each process builds on the last using either another persons intervention (my three year old niece) or a mechanical tool like a scanner or computer program to distort what was. All sequences are then painstakingly reproduced in their latest form in colored pencil to become original unique experiences linked to, but independent of, each other.

As the generations progress, the original image stays an element, but is not faithful to the observations you would have with the original. In fact, each new evolution of the series maintains only a small fraction of the experience you would have with the one before it. The true experience I intend becomes a question. Even though all drawings offer valid experiences, only one is true to the original object. However, it does not come close to viewing the actual objects that these colored pencil explorations have come from. The viewer will never see the real object this series was made from unless they actively seek out the original sculptures.

Artist Bio / CV

Education:
2004 MFA Painting, Tyler School Of Art Temple University, Philadelphia
2003 Tyler School of Art Rome

Solo Shows:

2009 WYSIWYG Solo Show, Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 

2008 Generation Drawings Solo Drawing Show Montivello Univeristy

2008 WYSIWYG Solo Show - Minnesota State University

2007 Inheritance, Solo Mixed Media Show, Montana University , Missoula Mt
2006 WYSIWYG Cincinnati, Solo Installation, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Oh
2006 WYSIWYG The Rebirth, Solo Installation, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter Fl
2006 WYSIWYG’s Universe, Solo Photo Show, Henry Street Settlement, NY, NY
2005 Inheritance, Solo Mixed Media Show, Lockhaven University, PA
2005 WYSIWYG's The Rebirth, Solo Installation, Laredo Center For The Arts, Laredo, TX
2005 Dog, Solo Mixed Media Show, Armory Art Center, West Palm FL
2005 WYSIWYG's World, Solo Photo Show, Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 WYSIWYG, Thesis Solo Show, Penrose Gallery, Tyler School of Art, PA
2003 NOW, Two-Person Show, Temple University Rome Gallery, Rome Italy

Group Shows

2007 Far From Home - National Juried Show Gallery RFD Swainsboro GA
2007 99-Cent show – National Juried Show Jersey City Museum, Jersey City NJ
2007 Explore This National Juried Drawing Show, Washington DC
2007 Whimsical Muse International Juried Show, Manifest Gallery Cincinnati
2006 Think Warm, Group Drawing Show, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo Japan
2006 Something From Nothing International Juried Show, Manifest Gallery Cincinnati
05-06 Showtel, Yearly Juried Installation Show, Hotel Biba, West Palm Beach, FL
2004 Valsalva Maneuver, Group Installation, Crane Arts Center, Philadelphia PA

Awards:

2007 The Canada Council on the Arts Travel Grant
2007 Jerome Fellowship New York Mills Cultural Center MN
2006 Vice Artists selected for International Raumars Finland
2002 Tyler School of Art, Rome Placement Award
versity Scholarship for Academic Achievement

Residencies:
2007 New York Mills Artist Retreat, New York Mills Minnesota
2007 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vt
2004 Artist In Residence, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Fl
04 -06 Ora Lerman Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat, Laceyville, Pa