Wendy Shapiro is an up and coming artist in the Boston area. She uses a paint brush to capture the world around her. Wendy grew up in New England, traveled through Italy and France, and has made her way back to her old stomping grounds. She now has a family and a thriving artist lifestyle. Wendy is a very interesting person, and has great insight into the art world of Boston. Georgia, a member of the Koo de Monde team, set out to find more about Wendy and her art.
Georgia: How did you get started? What led you to creating art?
Wendy: I grew up in New England where I started classes at Danforth Museum of Art early on. I continued taking night classes through high school where I focused mainly in drawing, black and white and still life. In college I started to explore color theory and studied abstract art, screen printing, sculpture and graphics. I was immediately drawn to large scale work.
When I moved cross country to California I was encouraged to explore with color and medium.
G: What inspires your monochromatic paintings?
W: Since relocating back to Boston I have continued to experiment with texture and color. In my last few series from copper, earth, black and white you can see an ocean and sandy landscape that I once called home. You can also find the industrial and concrete life of Boston, hidden in metallic and roughness among the calming sea.
G: How important is your process to the content of the work?
W: My process is very important since I usually give myself a year to reflect. I have in my mind all these ideas of what I expect and want to explore as far as color and texture. It's always about what's next and how I am feeling about that time in my life. It's interesting because I never know how a piece or series is going to turn out until after the process, and that is exciting to me.
G: You create your paintings in pairs…why is that?
W: I realized that creating two identical pieces is next to impossible for me, so I decided to create two at a time. At the same time this also gives me a larger canvas to work upon.
G: How long did it take to develop an audience in the Boston area?
W: Joining the Fort Points Artists Community (fpac) in 2005 has really helped me develop; not only an audience, but it has also pushed me to keep trying something new and fresh. They have an Art Walk every spring and Open Studios event every fall. Boston is also a smaller city which I feel makes it easier for an artist to receive recognition.
G: Where can your work be found?
W: I am currently showcasing a collection of my series at Barlow's in South Boston, as well as some pieces selected by deCordova's Lending program at various businesses in the Boston area.
G: Where would you like to expand next?
W: I am looking to do commissioned pieces and larger works for hotels, boutiques, spas and yoga studios, for example. I want to create larger than life work or even installation pieces, site specific. My artwork is calming and contemporary and I would love for it to be recognized on a larger scale. I enjoy the process of knowing what colors people are drawn to. I tend to work in neutrals but I know that color is personal preference.
G: You create one series every year…what's in store for your next one?
W: Lately, I have a lot of ideas and I am unsure what will work on a large scale. I am thinking something organic and eco-friendly. Right now I am very drawn to wood, so maybe I will explore in that direction. I love that people are asking me what's next, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to share my art and to see how people react to my latest work once it comes to fruition.
Wendy has an amazing talent. We are extremely excited to have met her. We here at Koo can not wait to see what Wendy will unveil next. Her creative personality shows through her modern paintings. Her technique is a unique one and we have fallen in love with it. She was very gracious to take the time to meet us and give us an amazing and inspiring interview. Wendy has made us look at monochromatic modern art in a new light, and for that we thank her.
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