About Wendy’s Artwork

Artist Statement:
Throughout my artistic career, I have worked with themes.  It wasn’t really a planned idea, but I’ve noticed that I’ve become fascinated and focused on ideas or a certain subject matter for much of my artwork, for a given time. Looking back, I realize that it started very early with my fascination with horses as a child. For several years, at that time, all I drew or painted was horses.

Although painting has been my preferred medium since the beginning of artistic career, and the area I majored in for my B.F.A., I enjoy exploring other media and disciplines, such as printmaking, and sculpture.  I feel drawing is fundamental to any artwork, so am always sketching ideas, but have also created drawings which I consider completed pieces of art as well.

During my early studies at university, my artwork became more abstract.  Although often some of my drawings and paintings appeared non-objective, they were always based on real life objects and places I saw, I simply abstracted the colors and shapes and interpreted those images. I became fascinated by marine life and driftwood, so many of my images at that time are reminicent of those natural forms. My work at that time was influenced by Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock and contemporary abstract expressionists

Waiting Room WindowMarine LifeMarine Form

Most of my work appears “larger than life”. Perhaps influenced by my photography classes early in college, and due to my fascination with showing the viewer aspects of life that may be easily overlooked, I tend to magnify and crop a lot of my imagery.

A theme that evolved from my more abstract period was dissecting and magnifying fruit. I had sections of cut up fruit around my studio for months. Fortunately the painting that resulted were more visually appealing than the fruit, which started to mold while my subject matter of my artwork.

Another theme that I began to explore was architecture. I was fascinated with the angles, light, color and shapes within architectural forms. Also, the relationship of human presence without actually including the human form became a part of these paintings.

Rose WindowThe Entrance Way

After my son was born, I began looking at subjects from a child’s viewpoint. Probably as a result of my tendency to magnify and enlarge subjects anyway, and my interest in architecture, I became fascinated by how large and architectural things appeared to a small child. The objects that were in my son’s environment became the subject of my artwork.

Sound and LightsBath SeatHigh Chair, by Wendy Malowany

The interesting thing about working with themes is you can always revisit those themes in new ways. Since marrying my husband and moving to our small farm in Canada, I have come full circle and I have just started to explore the theme of horses again, but in new ways. As a child, my interest was in capturing the physical likeness of the horse, exploring the muscles, structure and proportion. My fascination now is more in their strength, personality, and symbolism. Also, when walking through the pasture, I found all the indentations in the earth from their hooves interesting, and relates to another new theme I have just started to explore – shoes.

Shoes may seem like an unusual theme, but I became interested in them while waiting at the Canadian Consulate for three hours to process our final immigration paperwork. I had my sketch book and pencils with me, so started sketching people. Often they would get up and move, but I was able to capture a few interesting sketches. I then noticed a couple of people with some interesting looking sneakers, so started sketching. What I found interesting was how people’s shoes and the way they positioned their feet expressed mood and personality.

When my children were ages 4, 7 and 9 my mother died of cancer, which was devastating for all of us. Not long afterward, what had been a difficult marriage, ended in divorce, and I was a single parent homeschooling and supporting my three children.

I began painting what could be perceived as the ordinary things around me, but capturing the feelings, emotion, meaning and other aspects of what I experience which often go unnoticed. It brings me joy to see how my artwork connects with people, sometimes evoking feelings or meaning that I wasn’t consciously thinking of when I created it.

Through all the challenges in life, I’ve come to realize that…the little things are the big things.

You can view more of Wendy Malowany’s artwork or purchase her work on the  Gallery page, and can connect with Wendy and view more of her recent artwork and what she’s working on at Instagram @wendymalowanyart