Wendi Michelle Turchan is a Northeast Wisconsin-based artist and lecturer. Turchan received her BFA in painting from The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2009. She took one year off before graduate school; during that time she started an artist-run studio and gallery space in Oshkosh. Turchan completed her MFA in painting 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. 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).
My current work is an exploration of time and place utilizing small, temporary forms within the landscape. I wander and observe shapes, movement and changing qualities of light. Removing these small moments from their original context, I explore the potential of drawn, painted and cut 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 real and imagined conditions. Shapes are repeated and layered depicting levels of concealment and revealing unexpected forms. Through various methods of transparency and overlap, I reflect on a ghostly, illusive, and nonrepresentational space of distance and longing.