Glass artist Wendy Fairclough is drawn to work that references objects and activities that are intimately familiar to people across culture and religion. With a focus on what we have in common regardless of external differences, her work extends to an interpretation of gestures and objects associated with meeting basic human needs, such as food warmth and shelter.
Born in New Zealand, Fairclough migrated to Australia in her teens. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in sculpture and printmaking, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts majoring in glass. Drawing from this broad background, Fairclough creates Still Life installations using a combination of cast glass, concrete, bronze, aluminium and found objects.
Fairclough’s Adelaide Hills based practice comprises exhibition work, commissions and lecturing. She has exhibited throughout Asia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Australia, and her work is represented in private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National Art Glass Collection, the Australian National University Collection, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.