The art practice of Wendy White is thoughtfully paradoxical in its composition. A focus on materials and her desire to break away from a two-dimensional surface references White’s early training as a sculptor. She describes her work as “a hybrid experience: painting and sculpture smashed together with buildings and streets.” A continuous source of inspiration is her hometown of New York, where the streets and structures of the urban landscape reveal small traces of its inhabitants. She uses hazy layers of paint in reference to the faded marks made by New York’s citizens, and adds sculptural awnings to her canvases reminiscent of the manufactured edges of buildings, signage and doorways.
Wendy White received her BFA from Savannah College of Art & Design, and her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2003. Among White’s exhibitions are The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art among others. White is included in institutional collections such as the ARCO Foundation, Madrid; Savannah College of Art & Design; and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Installation view of Wendy White's work in Fade to Fade (April 10 — May 8, 2021)
“My work is very content-driven. I'm always looking for a balance between whatever concept I'm tackling and a level of aesthetic originality—I want my paintings to surprise the viewer.”
— Wendy White