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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.

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      $$6,400 Paddock Edge - acrylic and pokerwork on birch panel, 100 x 100cm

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      $$3,500 Microclimate IV - rabbit fur and pastel on corrugated iron, 131 x 80 cm

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      $$2,800 Mungo Track I - acrylic paint, charcoal, pastel, collage and scorch marks on rag paper, 75 x 57cm, framed

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      $$1,700 Gridspace III - acrylic and pokerwork on ply, 40 x 50cm

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      $$1,700 Gridspace II - acrylic and pokerwork on ply, 40 x 50cm

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      $$840 Paddock Trace II - acrylic and pokerwork on ply, 30 x 30cm

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      $$840 Remnant Fences - acrylic paint and pokerwork on birch panel, 28 x 35.5cm

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      $$840 Paddock Matrix - acrylic paint and pokerwork on birch panel, 28 x 35.5cm

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      $$740 Paraku Camp memory - scorch marks, found charcoal and ochre, pastel on Arches paper on painted birch panel, 40.5 x 30cm

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      $$740 Tanami mud memory - scorch marks, found charcoal, pastel on Arches paper on painted birch panel, 40.5 x 30cm

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      $$550 Micro climate fragment III - wire, wood, paint and pastel, 21 x 28 x 11cm

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