Wendy Mayer is a Welsh artist who graduated with a first class honours degree in sculpture from Loughborough University School of Art in 2008. She is specialized in Hyper-realistic sculptures.
Her sculptures are a compelling mixture of surreal portraits which are often presented through the medium of dolls and toys. Much of her work is autobiographical. In 2010, she was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art and the Royal British Society of Sculptors (Bursary Award) where she is now an Associate Member. She was elected to The Welsh Group in June 2011. Her work has been widely exhibited across Wales; in the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2010 and the Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Wendy presented her first London solo show with her gallery, Charlie Smith London in April 2012. Her work has been exhibited at the London Art Fair, the Saatchi Gallery, the Royal College of Art and the Gwynedd Art Museum. Her work has been placed in the Saatchi and the DeWoody collections as well as several international private collections and is represented by Charlie Smith London.
The artist states: “My practice addresses an exploration of my relationship with the past and embraces my interest in the uncanny. Dolls and mannequins have always appealed to me as an inspiration and vehicle for my wax portraits. They provide a substantial base from which to work, in both a meaningful and a practical sense. Making the work involves a combination of destruction and assembly processes that articulate the sentiment of damage and repair within personal evolution. This is often echoed by the use of stitch and pins and needles throughout the work. I mainly produce work using wax and papier mache, but often include toys and painted vinyl doll parts.”
Her work communicates ideas about significant relationships and childhood memories and her emotional response to these.