Selected works by Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer
Fly Away Peter


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


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


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


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

31 x 21 x 18 cm

Wendy Mayer's Biography

Wendy Mayer
Born in 1975, Wales, UK
Lives and works in Anglesey, Wales, UK



Still Life, CHARLIE SMITH, London


Black Mirror: Art as a Social Satire, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Strange Worlds: the vision of Angela Carter (curated by Dr. Marie Mulvey-Roberts UWE and Fiona Robinson RWA), Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Das Unheimliche (curated by Zavier Ellis), CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
RCA Members Exhibition, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff

Saatchi’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (curated by Zavier Ellis, Simon Rumley & Rebecca Wilson) B1, Victoria House, London
A Comfortable Man, Wilton’s Hall, London
Royal Cambrian Academy’s 132nd Summer Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy

Recent Academicians, Royal Cambrian Academy
The Future Can Wait/ Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4 New Sensations, London
Needles and Pins, Gwynedd Art Museum
Volta 9 Art Basel, Switzerland
New Order, Saatchi Gallery, London
The London Art Fair, London

Invasion: transient-art, Birmingham
The Future Can Wait/Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations, London
Royal Cambrian Academy’s 130th Annual Summer Exhibition

The Future Can Wait/Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations, London
Royal Cambrian Academy’s 129th Annual Summer Exhibition

Royal British Society of Sculptors Annual Bursary Exhibition, London
The Future Can Wait (curated by Zavier Ellis & Simon Rumley), London
Sing Silent Songs, Trove, Birmingham
Female Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Eisteddfod GenedlaetholCymru, The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Blaenau Gwent
The Royal Cambrian Academy’s 128th Annual Summer Exhibition
Welsh Artist of the Year, St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Removed from the Eyes of Strangers, Matt Roberts Arts, London

International Artists Postcard Exhibition &Distribution, Atelier 340 Muzeum, Brussels
Removed from the Eyes of Strangers, GalleriAnderssonSandstrom, Umea
Memory/Imagination, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Grieve and Samaritans Art Prize, House of Commons, London