Imperfect Perusal

Through the lens of Assemblage and Collage

My practice engages spatially and temporally with ideas of site, and explores relationships between cultural and natural spaces through the lens of Assemblage and Collage. During my time in Thailand, I have spent my time visiting markets, shopping malls, temples and Buddha offering shops to make collections of images and objects to use in my work. I have harvested inspiration from ancient temple walls, incense from offering shops, beads from markets, stones from Thai artist’s gardens, trinkets and tableware from shopping malls to create my “Imperfect Perusal” of Thailand.

I stack found objects to make small pagoda sculptures and collaborate with fire and water to scar and quench paper surfaces. These processes manufacture an archaeology; a sense of time passing or a fragmentation in the work. In Thailand, I have used incense as the fire element to create marks on paper and sand paper to erase images. I have layered and collaged the paper to both conceal and reveal my impressions. My approach encourages reflection on the transitory nature of place and the balance between creation and destruction. Use your eyes and experience, take your time with art and it will reveal its meaning.

— Wendy Teakel
Bangkok, October 2023

List of works

Naga, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, graphite on paper
12 × 15 cm

DNA, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, graphite on paper
18 × 15 cm

Air, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography on paper
18 × 15 cm

Blue Rainbow, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, graphite on paper
28 × 25 cm

Mind Scape, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, graphite on paper
25.5 × 18 cm

Tranquility, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, graphite on paper
21.5 × 14.5 cm

Bird Life, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, ink on paper
26 × 15 cm

Towards to the Light, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, graphite on paper
30 × 25 cm

Blue Elephant Journey, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, ink on paper
50 × 29.5 cm

World Tree, 2023
Acrylic, pyrography, graphite on paper
38 × 22 cm

Transition, 2023
Collage acrylic, pyrography
soot on paper/wood
45 × 30 cm

Change, 2023
Collage acrylic, pyrography
soot on paper/wood
45 × 30 cm

Patience, 2023
Collage acrylic, pyrography
soot on paper/wood
45 × 30 cm

Wisdom, 2023
Collage acrylic, pyrography
soot on paper/wood
45 × 30 cm

Curiosity, 2023
Collage acrylic, pyrography
soot on paper/wood
45 × 30 cm

Aspiration, 2023
Collage acrylic, pyrography
soot on paper/wood
45 × 30 cm

Endurance, 2023
Collage acrylic, pyrography
soot on paper/wood
45 × 30 cm

Chang Pagoda, 2023
Crystal and bronze
45 × 28× 16 cm

Lotus Pagoda, 2023
Mixed media
48 × 26× 20 cm

Hnu Pillar, 2023
Plastic, pigment and bronze
104 × 22× 22 cm

Ganesha Pagoda, 2023
Mixed media
59 × 19 × 19 cm

Exchange, 2023
Rocks from artist’s gardens, beads, rice
Dimensions variable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Artist

Wendy Teakel works in the fields of drawing, sculpture, installation and painting. Her personal creative interests focus on site and place explored through human, animal and environmental interactions, particularly in rural and remote settings and her practice spans the parameters of Arte Povera, Assemblage and Environmental Art.