444 11th Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1T1
Wendy Struck attended the University of Lethbridge and the University of Regina where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art. Wendy is primarily a painter but also works with mixed media and found objects. She has worked in a variety of art related positions including set painter, prototype designer, artist in residence, gallery owner, mural artist, project coordinator and art instructor. She has been teaching visual art to adults and children for over 15 years.
Wendy is currently on the board of Street Art Works (SAW) and The Hive Artists’ Hub Society. The Hive Artists’ Hub Society provides studio space, promotional and educational opportunities to its members and the community.
Wendy is now an Outreach Artist through the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Center’s Artist in the Classroom program and teaches group & private classes/workshops in her studio and other art venues. She is often found coordinating and/or creating public mural projects during the summer, and works in her studio at The Hive Artists’ Hub.
Wendy has sold and exhibited work across western Canada including at Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery, Regina’s Neutral Ground, The Art Gallery of Regina, the travelling Mary Cooper Gallery, Struck Gallery, Inspire Gallery, Gallery Vertigo, Medicine Hat’s Cultural Centre Gallery and Medalta’s Yuill Gallery.
I create as a means to document, for me the work is a chronicle, evidence of people and places having existed. In my newest work of assemblage paintings I use acrylic paint, photo transfers, and found objects to create a kind of archival collection. Playing with these relationships allows me to manipulate the sense of time, and to question and consider the human response to living spaces and natural landscape.
I am interested in our subconscious tendency to assign meaning to objects. According to the “law of magical contagion,” the value of an object comes from who owned it or used it, and carries its history with it. Anthropologists have noted that contagion explains centuries-old beliefs in things like voodoo dolls and the sacredness of religious artifacts.
I think of the object as artifact and am influenced by the clean, orderly approach of Joseph Cornell and what I see as a scientific aesthetic, combined with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi; beauty that is imperfect, incomplete, and transient.