Wendy’s work feature particular geographical clues and have been inspired by emotions felt in particular circumstances, this specific information might be more interesting from a documentary perspective than from an aesthetic point of view. Rather than asking the where-it-comes-from, or the who-and-what-inspired-it, both questions which – for a reason – inevitably lead to safe and reassuring answers, we might instead want to ask the what-we-can-do. If painting was edible, Wendy’s series would have to be slow food. Slow painting for discerning individuals sheltering from the constant and permanent visual shelling our post-modern culture induces. Slow painting, one which resists the quick skimming, the superficial glance, but needs sustained and repeated attention. For the one who takes care and pays attention, the unknown space of the image shall become a familiar place.
Wendy Connelly - Artist
Dr Guillaume Evrard (Art Historian, Edinburgh University)