Selected works by Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer
Fly Away Peter

2011

Wax, acrylic, eyes, mannequins, toy box

33 x 75 x 97 cm

All sculpture relates to the body of the person looking at it: it takes up the space of another human, drawing comparisons between the two. In Wendy Mayer’s work, the comparison is an unnerving one. These uncannily realistic mannequins need to be encountered by stooping or kneeling, so that the viewer is reduced to a child’s perspective, and it’s in that engagement with the infant point of view that Mayer’s work acquires its strange force.

Wendy Mayer
After Louise

2011

Papier Mache, wax, acrylic, eyes, mixed media

85 x 70 x 70 cm

Children with unblinking glass eyes and rosy, innocent complexions stare back as though expectant of parental attention; their bodies are like half-completed toys, their crossed stitches demarcating shoulders, necks, toes, hearts. Stitching, and its associations with mending – whether toys, clothes, or human bodies – is a leitmotif in Mayer’s work. A family, gathered around an armchair as though preparing to pose for a family photo, embrace each other awkwardly: the mewling baby in the mother’s lap brandishes needles big enough to poke its parents’ eyes out.

Wendy Mayer
Gold Watch

2012

Wax, acrylic eyes, wigs, mannequins, chair, needles, gold watch

100 x 61 x 61cm

Mayer has said that her work ‘plays with our perception of children as innocents’, and her sculptural dioramas draw parallels between childhood and violence; there’s fear lurking within. Mayer’s homage to artist Louise Bourgeois – the queen of the disquieting familial drama – takes the form of a giant ball of dark material, studded with pins. The artist’s head pokes out from atop a feathered collar, smiling to herself as though delighted with the unspooling disquiet around her.

Text by Ben Street

Wendy Mayer
Paper Doll

2013

Painted vinyl, acrylic lashes, mohair, cardboard chocolate box, paper, wood, wire

31 x 21 x 18 cm

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional artist information- Wendy Mayer

wendymayer.com
Artist’s videos- Yelena Popova

thefuturecanwait.com
Additional artist information- Wendy Mayer

artreview.com
Artist’s profile: Art Review, additional images an information - Wendy Mayer

artslant.com
Additional information- Wendy Mayer

gsa.se
Artist statement and information- Wendy Mayer

alldolleduplikebarbie.blogspot.com
Additional images and information- Wendy Mayer

mattroberts.org.uk
Additional exhibition information- Wendy Mayer