about the artist
Wendy Wahl’s layered creations express her views on the connections between nature and culture. By utilizing thousands of pages from discarded volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica, World Book and the Columbia Dictionary, her art becomes a commentary on the links between the written and spoken word and the visual arts. Wahl’s compositions at first appear as topographical reliefs, but on closer inspection reveal their creative DNA stems from anachronistic printed text and materials which at one time were the basis for a now bygone collective consciousness.
Wahl is an artist, designer and educator with thirty years of professional experience. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in many private and public collections including The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum (NY) and The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Her public works include a commission for the entrance of SOFA at the Park Avenue Armory, New York and have been the subject of exhibitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (MI), the Newport Art Museum (RI), and Fuller Craft Museum (MA). She has been recognized in numerous publications including Art News, Boston Globe, Casa Vogue, Providence Journal, Metropolis, New York Times, Architectural Digest, The New Yorker, the Britannica blog, the Curated Object and the WSJ.
Beginning in 1985 she has taught for RISD in Continuing Education, has been a lecturer at the University and Community College of Rhode Island and most recently at the New School, Parsons. Currently she is involved in an arts and healthcare project with the RI State Council on the Arts and the Department of Health.