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Wendy Campbell artist

Artist Statement:  Having spent many years outside of Canada in places including Grand Cayman Island, Germany, and Japan, my paintings and illustrations are a fusion of my experiences with the people, the art, and the customs of these locations as well as my adventures across Canada and my love of nature.

I have a strong interest in human connections, how we relate with each other, and our relationship with the natural world. Issues surrounding the environment and consumer culture have become of great importance to me over the last decade and it is a goal to create works that will help to start conversations and bring awareness to these subjects. Concepts of acceptance, inclusion, and compassion are important to me and figure prominently in my work. I attempt to achieve this in an often light, colourful, and sometimes humorous way.

My abstract paintings belong to a series called “Chaos Theory” and refer (loosely) to the concept that all things in this world are connected – that even a very small change can result in dramatic effects over distance and time. The paintings are deconstructions of elements in nature, its wildlife, landscapes, sky and water. Colours are scattered and layered repeatedly and then heavily outlined to create a cohesive whole. Ultimately, these paintings are a kind of “meditative wish” – a wish for a humankind that reflects carefully on its choices; a humankind with a resolute awareness that even the smallest steps in a different direction, could, over time, change everything.

Birdlandia.ca – I’ve been sketching little birds for quite a while. Sometimes these sketches become paintings but recently they have made their way into Procreate software on my iPad Pro where I make digital drawings. The response to these little drawings has been so great that I took the advice of several viewers and began creating the series now known as Birdlandia.

Birdlandia is a work in progress but the main themes include compassion, kindness, cooperation, forgiveness, and the environment. Oh, and just plain fun too!”

In 2009, I created the art blog Daily Art Fixx. It was here that I began studying art history and contemporary art, for inspiration and education. These studies influenced and continue to influence my own work. Specific movements and artists I connect with (but not limited to) include primitivism, cubism (Picasso, Chagall), First Nations art (Morrisseau, Odjig, Janvier), expressionism (Kirchner, Schiele), abstract expressionism (de Kooning, Pollock), neo expressionism (Basquiat) and automatistism (Riopelle). 

Since 2010, I have resided in Ontario, namely, Toronto, Cambridge and currently Hamilton. A selection of my work can be found at Nest Hamiltonnowords, and  Cedar Lake (online only) in Cambridge Ontario.

I am a member of an all women artist group called The Artemisia Collective in Hamilton. TAC was formed in 2018 as an opportunity for local female visual artists to connect, support and inspire its members in their individual practices through meetings, skill sharing sessions, collaborative projects, and group exhibitions.

HWAC aspires to help bridge the gender bias in the visual arts by increasing awareness and appreciation of the diverse array of women artists practicing in the vibrant Hamilton art scene.

From 2012 – 2017, I was the Co-Chair of the Cambridge Arts Festival – an annual celebration of music, performance, visual arts, and community in the City of Cambridge. In 2017, I founded CAF Collective, a group of Cambridge-based artists that collaborated to create a live large-scale art installation and printmaking workshop on July 22, 2017 as part of Cambridge Arts Festival. An exhibition of our individual works were also on display in July at a pop-up gallery at 63 Dickson Street in Cambridge.

I am thrilled to be a part of a documentary series with DDP Studios Inc. called “Artists Interrupted” that will be aired on PBS in the near future. Each artist is paired with a musician. Below is a clip from an initial interview I did with them at the 2018 Queen West Art Crawl.