Wendy Klemperer earned a bachelor’s in biochemistry at Harvard before moving to NYC to pursue art full time, earning a B.F.A. in sculpture at Pratt Institute in 1983. She has received many residency grants, including from the Skowhegan School, The MacDowell Colony, The Ucross Foundation, Sculpture Space in Utica, Denali National Park, and SIAS University in Xinzheng, China. Her nation wide exhibits include installations at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY, Bridgewater-Lustberg Gallery, NY, NY, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln MA, and Pratt Institute Sculpture Park in Brooklyn, NY. Comprehensive solo shows at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay in 2009, and Maine Audubon in Freeport in 2010 were organized by June LaCombe. In 2017 she had solo shows at Studio 10 Gallery in Brooklyn, and Long Island University in Brooklyn. She has permanent outdoor sculptures in public and private collections throughout the United States. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Nelson, NH.
The imagery that pervades my work reflects a lifelong fascination with animals. To make the large scale sculptures I search scrap yards for industrial refuse ravaged by usage and demolition. Bent and twisted, such pieces contain energy and potential new life. My welding process is a kind of three dimensional gesture drawing. A network of steel lines builds a skeletal form containing both presence and absence. I investigate the body language of animals to express a feeling or state of being, with motion conveying emotion. Focusing on the animal realm seems no less important to me than on that of humans, to explore the continuity and relationship between all forms of life on earth.
Working with lights at night created exciting shadows cast by the sculptures; they were as evocative as the pieces themselves, and seemed a bridge to another world. I began an exploration of shadow and silhouette, creating numerous silhouettes quickly, tracing the shadows on paper, then cutting out with a exacto-knife. I experimented with combinations of forms, hanging and layering the silhouettes almost randomly, allowing shapes to intermingle and layer. Raked with light and swaying gently from the breeze of a fan, the delicate silhouettes loom large, transforming and evolving in perpetually new combinations. They revoke a multiplicity of archetypal themes: prehistoric cave paintings, fairy tales, shadow plays, the age old human impulse to find form and pattern in the numberless stars in the sky.
For Artrooms Roma I would create a installation using imagery from Italian and Roman myths and legends, filling the hotel room with dozens of paper silhouettes, projected light, and shadow.