Wendy White interview

Here is an example of a painter who deals with her contemporary environment. Consider the artist’s approaches, materials and cultural/social themes. As you do so, think about the different kinds of context (architecture, structures, signs, space etc.) Look at how she plans, constructs and document her work. How clear are her motivations, processes, difficulties, hopes? (Course notes)

Wendy White explains in the video about her project and that her inspiration comes from where she lives in Chinatown, New York. She is interested in the intersections of the buildings and signage with the existing architecture.. The reason she brought architecture into her work began with photographs she had taken on the street and elsewhere and began thinking about the facade, where things meet the ground and where they meet the sky. She feels a strong connection to the architecture and she wanted to integrate all these things into her work.

White has a definite idea for her project and what she wants to achieve. It begins with her inspiration which is the vibrant shopping area of China town, Photographs of the streets, shop front signage, passages, graffiti on doorways have been collected to help her formulate how she is going to approach the subject. She wanted to include the physical quality of architecture and business in a direct and appropriate way. She also wanted to figure out a way to show something as synthetic and signage and make things work together, but still speak about how different the materials are in that juxtaposition. The idea of obstructing the whole thing appeals to her, if the painting is the human element, the worked part, the part which you see, the element of the hand, the signage needs to wrap around and cover up all of that to speak to the issue of the idea, and of the interaction that happens to architecture. White is reluctant to over analyse the impulse, she wants to let it breath, make the things in her head and let it live and not try to lock it in. It is really that interaction of a mark, that you see the hand, that traces the hand, of the person who makes it. It is the, I was here, it is the anonymity, who would want to do that, or try to do that in a city of she does not know how many people. White says that is fascinating, and is the route of the fact of her interest in graffiti.

‘Could you take a siilar approach to discussing what you do? What would be your context(s)? Could you use an interview technique on yourself? Perhaps link up with another student/artist, plan your questions beforehand and set up a suitable environment for the recording’. (Course notes)

Recording sounds whilst walking through the woods, and filming anything which takes my attention, could be used to help formulate ideas when working in my studio. I collect and photograph trees, reflections in water, rotting wood, fungi, flowers and anything in nature which takes my eye on my daily walks. I will use these for my Major Project along with sketches drawn and painted en plein air. The way White’s video has been filmed works very well and is a good example of how to present her ideas and work to the general public. I have found the descriptions of how she works, and the off camera interaction with whoever is videoing the scene very informative and a useful way to approach an interview situation.


Wendy White: Interview (2013) Directed by Imaging, TPI At: https//vimeo.com/60583955

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