Artists don’t want to fit a mold. They seek unique and independent self-expression. Wendy Sittner does that without the influence from traditional art training. Some artists emerge and evolve like her. It begins with strong conviction and determination. It takes hard and deliberate work to produce art that one can defend on merit.
When I first saw her work it was at Stifel & Capra. It was difficult to assess because there was no context. I featured one of her works that was a tube of paint surrounded by words. Artists who incorporate words and phrases is a genre. It takes time to read the words and to absorb the point. There is nothing wrong with that because art is intended to evoke a response, however unique that may be.
When artists provide words, that is being very specific and leaves less to the discretion of the patron viewer, unless, of course there is latitude in interpreting the meaning of those words.
“I am a mixed-media artist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My clinical work inspires my art, which is often based on themes of emotional healing and meaningful life experiences.”
As with many artists, you will discover that Wendy has affinity with certain subjects, ideas, and art forms. As you experience her work over time and in different venues you may discover some of those elements as they transform and migrate from idea and form. It is art that’s in transition and on the move. It is rich as in collections of things and assemblages.
She enjoys insects and things that are a part of nature. It may be a “bejeweled beetle” or a moth. It could be a sand-sculpted porpoise on the beach.
She describes herself as a mixed-media artist who is also a repurposer. As she continues her development and discovers new techniques and art forms, who knows where this talent will trend, because after all, she is about “impermanence”.
“I am interested in the impermanence of life, including the mortality of humanity, and the fleeting nature of happy versus tragic experiences. I am inspired by life lessons offered by the natural world, particularly regarding the cycle of decay and regrowth. I examine whether people take from nature a message of hope or a sense of tragedy. My artwork encompasses mixed-media works on canvas, assemblage art, and book arts. I often repurpose old materials and incorporate them into my newly created works to convey the repetitive nature of the cycle (and re-cycling) of life and related emotional experiences. Overall, my work exposes viewers to a spectrum, ranging from bright revelations to dark introspection.”
It is a good thing that she brings a sense of humor to her work to help us escape the darkness.