Here to There #3
22 x 29.5 monotype & woodcut, 2015
I am intrigued by the interplay of water’s fluidity with the solidity of built form. My prints reflects light at different times of day or season: moonlit night and luminous day, sunset and dawn’s first light, high and low tides- as well as the dualities they imply.
Geometric angled shapes reference structures, and imply a viewpoint of here vs there, as well as a diminishing perspective that directs one’s view out over the water.
Much like one’s instinct to gaze outward, they symbolize a directed view to the ‘beyond-ness’ of the sea- out of oneself and into the unknown.
Making monotypes and paintings influence both practices and come from the same impulse – to utilize both direct and indirect methods of creating marks and applying pigment. I like unforeseen results when I start with a pattern or ghost that creates a surprise when successive layers are applied. Similarly, fluid viscosity marks rolled over with thicker ink or paint generate new marks and repetition.
Recently I’ve been working with wood patterns transferred from raised-grain plywood or wood cuts. to evoke a sense of water movement.
Wendy Prellwitz’ work attempts to integrate the numinous fluidity and movement of water, as juxtaposed with a sense of the concrete here & now
In 2017 Wendy exhibited monotypes & paintings in a 3-person show “Imprint”, at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine.
In 2016, her solo show “Here / There” was featured at the Chandler Gallery in Cambridge, and she was honored by Maud Morgan Arts with their annual Spirit Award, for being an innovative leader in the arts.
Recently, she was awarded first place in “Direct/Indirect” juried print show at the Chandler Gallery, and exhibited prints at The Boston Public Library, in “Re-Think Ink, 25 years at Mix-it Print Shop”.
In 1998,she was awarded a Fellowship from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in 1998, with continuing fellowships through 2016 on Ireland’s west coast.
Museum group shows include the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, McMullen Museum, and The Long Island Museum.
She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, teaches at Maud Morgan Arts in Cambridge, MA, and worked at her architectural firm Prellwitz/Chilinski Associates from 1981 to 2013.