(Photo: Dominic Harris)
Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman (Detail) - Oil on Canvas - 210cm x 150cm
Judith (Detail) - Oil on Canvas - 200cm x 77cm
Maxime (Detail) - Oil on Canvas - 166cm x 91cm
The Visit V - Oil on Canvas - 130cm x 170cm
Carmen and Luisa (Version 2) - Oil on Canvas - 150cm x 130cm
Maxime - Oil on Canvas - 166cm x 91cm
"When Wendy Elia paints a person they don't look away"
- Laura Bushell
Wendy Elia works in series which explore the social and broader contexts of our times. In her portrait work she confronts our voyeurism and asks questions about the female gaze and painting’s relationship to authenticity and illusion. Elia moves from the personal to the political not only in the range of content and form in the various series, but also within individual paintings: using a range of pictorial symbols and signifiers to extend the meaning/narrative of the works.