Look to the Left
AE: Look to the Left
Artist Wendy Wagner works in many different media; she’s been painting and drawing since childhood, and in her adult years, she’s expanded into many other artforms. The characters from her paintings inspired her to create sculptures, which then led her to create soft sculpture, plush versions of the same characters. Then she found herself learning animation to set those characters in motion.
Whichever media she’s working in, Wendy’s vibrant colors and sense of wonder shine through, helping to create the sense that all the works belong to the same world.
Last year, Wendy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor; after several surgeries to remove the tumor, she now has a left side deficit in her vision, meaning that she has lost peripheral vision on the left side of both eyes. As a result, she says, she’s found herself misplacing things (remote controls, cel phones, art supplies) and has to remind herself to “look to the left” to find them, hence the title of her current show.
The works on display in “Look to the Left” were begun before her diagnosis. Wendy says that when she realized how much work she’d accomplished with a brain tumor she knew she couldn’t use her medical condition as an excuse not to continue working.
at Women and Their Work
1710 Lavaca Street
Through March 14