WENDY TEAKEL EXPLORES AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE WITH ICONIC AUSTRALIAN MATERIALS
If you’ve ever driven through rural Australia you would have observed the iconic scene of delicate white fleeces caught in rusted metal fencing; the contrast of the two materials is unique to our farming industry.
Using these distinctly different materials, Wendy Teakel, an accomplished artist with an extraordinary resume to match, will create her piece Cycle for the 2019 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition.
Growing up on a farm in Wagga Wagga New South Wales, Wendy draws most of her inspiration from Australia’s rural landscapes.
Describing her sculptural work as “a reminder of our agricultural heritage and its place in shaping contemporary Australia”, Wendy explores the human need to divide land to create boundaries and ownership, usually with fences.
Cycle will draw a visual depiction of these rural fences and boundaries that create ownership while using the distinctive rusted wire fencing and sheep’s fleece to imply how fragile this land division is.
A practising artist since the 1980s, Wendy has artistically delved into sculpture, painting, drawing and weaving. She has since used her knowledge and skills to teach at the Australian National University’s School of Art and Design for many years before becoming the Head of Sculpture at the School of Art and Design (2008-2017).
Cycle will be on display at Sculpture at Scenic World which will transform the ancient rainforest to an open air gallery from April 12 – May 12, 2019.
Showcasing 25 works from 27 artists along Scenic World’s elevated boardwalk, the exhibition will also feature an extensive public program including an indoor exhibition, Sculpture Otherwise, at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Artwork: Wendy Teakel Paddock Near By (2016). Image: David Paterson.