Wendy Wagener-Harris is an artist, maker, and teacher, who works out of her home studio in Xenia, OH as well as her Front Street studio. While she is always interested in learning new media and techniques, painting, paper crafting, and collage are her main foci. Originally a watercolor painter, mixed media and painting workshops renewed her interest in acrylics. A long time love of painting has spawned a variety of series. After a time focusing on geometric and natural forms, an opportunity to participate in “The Sketchbook Project” through the Brooklyn Art Library, NYC presented itself. This prompted a new series of underwater, surrealistic pieces entitled “Uncharted Waters.” Wendy’s sketchbook is on permanent collection in the library in Brooklyn, and can be checked out for viewing.
The multidimensional and sensory experience the art of paper craft brings, is a temptation Wendy cannot resist. Creating cards, gift packaging, books, and other items for daily use provide a lovely diversion and break from other projects. Many items go into creating these often one of a kind pieces including recycled images and text, hand printed images/papers, and unique papers purchased from small, independent paper shops. Collage is her latest obsession. All images are hand cut (analog) and reassembled into new, imagined landscapes. Her goal is to create a surrealistic atmosphere that could be amusing, enticing, or contemplative.
Wendy’s work can be viewed online on Facebook and Instagram under her business name, Cathartic Slant, and in person in her studio at Front Street. Check online pages for updates in work, and other show venues.