Wendy Teakel is a painter and sculptor whose work expresses a strong connection to the history and sense of place of rural landscapes. Having grown up in the Riverina, and now living on a rural property outside of Canberra, Wendy’s art has always been inspired by the land, and in particular the visual effects of drought. Wendy is well known for her use of acrylic paint and pokerwork on plywood, creating surfaces scorched and branded by heated pieces of fencing wire, as well as her sculpture and installation pieces which incorporate natural materials and rural implements. Wendy’s most recent work focuses on first hand impressions of visiting the Lake Mungo heritage site in New South Wales as a continuation from her work focusing on the cultural archaeology of our farmed environments, exploring the ways in which the rural landscape is marked by the transient habitation of both people and animals. Inspired by the remnants of past farming lives, Wendy reviews our ever changing relationship with the land and the evidence of our existence, endeavour and even failure.
Wendy Teakel completed her postgraduate studies in sculpture at the Canberra School of Art at the Australian National University in 1985. She remained at the art school as a lecturer and, in 2008, became Head of the Sculpture Workshop. Despite her teaching commitments, Wendy has maintained a constant exhibition schedule, presenting new work each year in solo and group shows since the early 1990s. Wendy also has a growing international profile in Southeast Asia established during Asialink residencies in Thailand in 1996 and 2001. She has received many awards including the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2009), and the Country Energy Art Prize (2010). Her work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Australian National University, Chiang Mai University (Thailand), Australian Embassy in Bangkok and various regional galleries across Australia.