What is this Project All About?


A group of professional artists has decided to share some of their artworks with non-profit organizations that are doing good work in their home state of Vermont and beyond its borders. They donate these artworks to shelters, environmental organizations, educational institutions, and many other kinds of non-profits. We call this project EMBRACING ART because we want other people doing important work to embrace the value of art and the contribution it can make to the environment in which they work, and also because we seek to reach out and support / embrace the endeavors of others who are doing significant work that serves the public good.
To find artists whose work is available, read the Frequently Asked Questions in the righthand column and then scroll down and click on an artist to see their available work.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wendy James

About the Artist: Wendy James has been teaching art at Essex High School since the eighties, and currently teaches classes in ceramics and photography. She also works in oil painting and ceramic sculpture. She lives in Essex with her artist husband, John Brickels. 

I have always had a fascination with dreams. My black and white photomontages often are surreal environments. I like the viewer to imagine that he/she is in the photo so I often add a single person as a port of entry. The figures are intentionally unrecognizable, maybe a shadow, silhouette, or just part of a figure, in hopes that the viewer will momentarily become that person. The environments are intended to be equivalents of the figure's inner world...I also like the punch of high contrast. I try to emphasize patterns and textures...I love the strong angles of human-made forms matched with endless skies. My process involves pouring through both old negatives and new digital images. I use Photoshop to blend unlikely combinations and seamlessly match edges to make the unreal more believable.

Title: Out to Dry

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Title: Side Stroke

Title: Drawing in the Trees
Size: triptych 3 (18x12") framed 

Medium: digital photomontages
Date of creation: 2007 - 2010

Value: $500

Contact: jamwendy@gmail.com