Glass, Installation, Metal, Sculpture, Teaching
Glass artist Wendy Fairclough is drawn to work that references objects and activities that are intimately familiar to people across culture and religion. With a focus on what we have in common regardless of external differences, her work extends to an interpretation of gestures and objects associated with meeting basic human needs, such as food warmth and shelter.
Born in New Zealand, Fairclough migrated to Australia in her teens. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in sculpture and printmaking, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts majoring in glass. Drawing from this broad background, Fairclough creates Still Life installations using a combination of cast glass, concrete, bronze, aluminium and found objects.
Fairclough’s Adelaide Hills based practice comprises exhibition work, commissions and lecturing. She has exhibited throughout Asia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Australia, and her work is represented in private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National Art Glass Collection, the Australian National University Collection, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2017-18, Common Ground: Tylee Cottage residency exhibition and selected works 2007-2014, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
2014, Everywhere You Look, Narek Galleries, Tanja NSW
2010, Commonalities, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, Canberra ACT
2006, Fragments & the Still Life, Narek Galleries, Tanja NSW
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington New Zealand
Australian National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery NSW
Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra ACT
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio USA
Australian National University Art Collection, Canberra ACT
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles USA
2017, Grace Cochrane, 'Kete, Kumara and Cast Glass', Artnews, New Zealand, Spring 2017, pp98-101
2017, Various Authors, Contemporary Australian Glass: The Tom Malone Prize 2003-2017, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2015, Margaret Hancock Davis and Brian Parkes, Glass: art, design, architecture, JamFactory SA
2013, Nici Cumpston and Lisa Slade, Heartland: Contemporary Art from South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia
2012, Roy Ananda, 'Harmonies and Dissonances', The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Australian Ceramics Assoc. NSW, 512, pp74-77
2011, New Glass Review, 32, International juried selection, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.
2010, Masters: Blown Glass, Lark Books, Asheville NC USA
2010, Roy Ananda, 'Wendy Fairclough and the Commonality of Human Experience', Craft Arts International, 79, pp56-60
2006, Tina Oldknow, 25 Years of New Glass Review, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
2006, New Glass Review, 27, International juried selection, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.
2005, Margot Osborne, Australian Glass Today, Wakefield Press, SA
2004, New Glass Review, 24, International juried selection, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.