CHARLIE SMITH LONDON was delighted to welcome back Wendy Mayer over the month of July for her second solo exhibition at the gallery.
|His eye is on the sparrow | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, padded wooden frame, quail wings, pins | 37x37x14cm|
Mayer is known for her uncanny sculptures where she employs painted vinyl or painted cast wax to present figures with unparalleled veracity. In this exhibition Mayer uses Angela Carter’s ‘A Curious Room’ as her starting point. Carter described her Curious Room as a metaphorical space where all the secrets of a person’s life are stored, and asserted that life is a process of trying to find it in order to rediscover or remember them.
|Cocoon | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, Shorter ceramic vase | 18x24x12cm|
|Eros | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, ceramic vase | 26x24x12cm|
Mayer’s Curious Room is a collection of sculptures that reveal the subconscious impact of half-forgotten personal rites of passage. As the artist states:
‘I am a deeply private person and am often surprised and horrified to discover that my work discloses aspects of my personality and past that I would probably prefer to stay hidden.’
|Oil Can | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, oil can | 26.5x23x13cm|
|Eclosion | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, Shorter ceramic vase | 19x24x12cm|
This unconscious revelation of drives, feelings and memories is allied with conscious intent. Themes such as familial relationships, motherhood, rebirth and metamorphosis are recurrent in Mayer’s work, from babies emerging from womb-like vases to autobiographical references to books read, feelings felt and places visited.
|Et verbum caro factum est | 2015 | Painted vinyl, papier mache | 64x74x74cm|
|Land of our fathers | 2016 | Pipe organ, wax, papier mache, painted vinyl, resin, mohair, plaster, Under Milk Wood read by Richard Burton | 160x125x33.5cm|
|Smotyn Du (Blonde) | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, silk, coat hanger, metal peg | 42x12x52cm|
|Smotyn Du (Auburn) | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, silk, coat hanger, metal peg | 40x12x41cm|
|Smotyn Du (Dark) | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, silk, coat hanger, metal peg | 39x12x41cm|
|Smotyn Du (Strawberry) | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, silk, coat hanger, metal peg | 45x13x43cm|
|Smotyn Du (Brown) | 2016 | Painted vinyl, mohair, silk, coat hanger, metal peg | 40x13x52cm|
|Little Bird | 2016 | Ceramic, papier mache, wax, feathers | 68x45x31cm|
|p.o.e.m. | 2015 | Painted vinyl, mohair, cymbals, leather case, taxidermy duckling | 38x27x27cm|
Wendy Mayer was born in Wales in 1975. She graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture from Loughborough University School of Art and Design in 2008. Her work is placed in prominent private collections globally including the Saatchi Gallery, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Javier Baz and Kay Saatchi. She has exhibited in galleries and museums including the Saatchi Gallery, Royal British Society of Sculptors, Royal Cambrian Academy, Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, and will feature in Strange Worlds: the vision of Angela Carter at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol in 2016.