Close to Home | Photographs by Wendy Small

Wendy Small
Mabel
9 Photographs on lford matte Photo paper
20 x 16 inches (each)
Wendy Small 
Collecting Myself
Photography 
20 x 16 Inches
Edition of 3
 
Wendy Small 
Collecting Myself
Photography 
20 x 16 Inches
Edition of 3
Wendy Small 
Collecting Myself
Photography 
20 x 16 Inches
Edition of 3
 
Wendy Small 
Collecting Myself
Photography 
20 x 16 Inches
Edition of 3
Wendy Small 
Collecting Myself
Photography 
20 x 16 Inches
Edition of 3
Wendy Small 
Before the Details 
Salon wall of 15 photographs
70 x 43 Inches
Wendy Small
Bouquet 
Painting
8 x 6 Inches

On View: January 16 – February 22, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6 – 8 pm

 

The works in Wendy Small’s upcoming exhibition, Close to Home, are pulled from a series of photographs in which she documented the comfort and container of her own home. These domestic vignettes were composed in her everyday life and without pretense, except that each would contain at least one work of her own.

In the process of recording and editing these works, Small ruminated on a statement made by another artist at a lecture she attended; “I know this might not be enough for everybody, but it is enough for me.” She then titled the series Collecting Myself, a cheeky reference to the timeless struggle of an artist’s viability, and simultaneously a self-declared endorsement of her own work.

The works in this show are intimate portraits of an artist’s inner world. Her drawings, paintings, and photographs are tucked in corners, resting on tables, leaning atop a stack of books. They illustrate the vulnerability, doubt, and pride in the contemplative gaze every artist takes with his or her own work.

 

Wendy Small is an American artist who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her degree in painting from the School of Visual Arts, followed by her BSN from New York University.

Small was assistant to the painter Terry Winters for ten years, and since then has worked as a nurse at Grace Church School. In 2002, Small began working solely with the photogram process. Her photograms have been displayed in galleries throughout NY and the United States, including at Sears Peyton, Morgan Lehman, and Von Lintel Gallery. Small has spent two summers at the Vermont Studio Center Residency, and has participated in Aipad, Nada, Pulse and Photo LA. art fairs. Her work can be found in both private and public collections.