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BIO

Wendi Turchan is a Wisconsin-based artist and educator.  Turchan received her BFA in painting from The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2009 and completed her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Oregon in 2013. In the spring of 2014 she was one of the featured artists in issue 111 of the magazine New American Paintings. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Selected Exhibitions include: Disjecta (Portland, OR), Manifest Gallery (Cincinati, Ohio), Ceres Gallery (NYC), Primopiano Gallery (Lecce, Italy), Art Space Collective (Oshkosh, WI), James May Gallery, (Algoma, WI), Museum of Wisconsin Art (West Bend, WI).  In 2018 she collaborated with Saatchi Art & Pantone on a project for the 2018 Color of the Year: Ultraviolet. Turchan participated at The Chicago edition Other Art Fair at Mana Contemporary in September of 2018.

STATEMENT

Through abstraction I explore interactions of shape and color inspired by everyday life. I walk and observe sounds, movement and changing qualities of light.  Once in the studio I refer back to these moments.  I cut, draw and paint marks as an attempt to make sense of time, the inevitability of change, and new possibilities.  As I work, the boundary between reality and memory become intertwined.  Colors, forms, and edges act as a hinge between representational and imagined conditions.  I examine the interaction of color and shape, layering abstracted moments on top of one another.  Forms are repeated and layered depicting levels of concealment and revealing unexpected forms. Through this process I discover and repeat patterns, working intuitively to capture the memory or feeling of a place