Wendy Teakel

August–October 2023

Wendy Teakel was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW in 1957. She was awarded a Masters of art from RMIT University and studied sculpture at Charles Sturt University and the Australian National University, School of Art and Design, where she lectured in visual art and sculpture until she retired as Head of Sculpture in 2017.

Wendy works in the fields of drawing, sculpture, installation and painting. She has practiced professionally since 1980, and has developed a deep knowledge of contemporary art and the ideas it advocates. 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.

Wendy Teakel
Wendy Teakel, Paddock fragment II, 2022, acrylic and pokerwork on birch panel, 23 × 17 cm

Wendy has travelled extensively within Australia and overseas and first visited Thailand in 1990 as a tourist. Since then she has undertaken Asialink residencies to Chiang Mai and Pattani and university exchanges to Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai.

Wendy exhibits in public and private galleries within Australia and has held solo exhibitions at Chiang Mai, Prince of Songkla (Pattani campus) and Khon Kaen University Galleries. She has represented Australia at 30Spro international sculpture symposium, Chaing Mai, in the KHOJ international workshop, India, in Japan at Australia Council Tokyo Residency and Echigo Tsumari, Australia House, Urada.

Her work is held in major collections in Australia including the Australian National Gallery and she has been the recipient of major prizes and grants. Wendy is a freelance artist and consultant and works from her studio at Murrumbateman, NSW with her partner, David Jensz.

Website: wendyteakel.com
Instagram: @teakelwendy

Wendy Teakel, Ashes 2020, acrylic and scorch marks on plywood, 100 × 100 cm
Wendy Teakel, Regret 2021, chair, saw, native plants, eucalyptus seed pods, steel, 120 × 100 × 70 cm