Meet Your Maker Monday: Wendy Wight

Wendy Wight is a painter, sculptor and collage artist. She has a studio in Maine, but spends most of her year at Mother Dog Studios in Houston. Always juggling multiple projects at any given time, Wendy has quite the breadth of work! Wendy recently finished a series of 1000 art pieces using friends and stranger's donated letters, photos, and other family memorabilia. 

All photos by Marisa Brodie

All photos by Marisa Brodie

 What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?

Wendy Wight, website: www.wendywight.com, facebook: Wendy Wight , email ww@wendywight.com

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What do you make? How do you make it?

I am a painter. My most recent project was 1,000 paintings. These pieces were collage work on paper. For this project, I sent out a request to people on my mailing list to donate mementos to the project. I asked for love letters, photos, journals, home work any kind of handwriting. I promised never to return the items or reveal who they were in the work. I had almost 40 people donate. Some donors to the project even purchased the paintings that contained their items. The items that were donated were so personal and intimate. The project was shown in Houston and in Maine.  It was very well received and it was a great installation in both locations.

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What does a typical day look like for you?

I treat my studio time like a job. I sign in on my calendar to keep track of my hours. My studio area has stations that have different projects going all at the same time. One area has collage items for work on paper. I have an advent gift project for my daughters that I am beginning. There is a station for making LoVE signs that I have been making for years. The center of the circle of tables has all of my painting materials. This keeps me moving in the studio. When I get bored with a project or get stumped, I move onto something else and work something that is easy or has a totally different concept. 

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Why did you start your own business and why in Houston?

For years, I worked out of my house. I built a beautiful home studio with AC and heat.  But honestly, it is easier to do housework, empty the dishwasher and get dinner ready than it is to make art. So when I moved my studio, I don’t have internet, I get really bored with messing with my phone, so I am forced to make work. My discipline of making art is so much easier when I leave the house. Then when I am at home I am more present for my family and not always wanting to check on a painting. Also, I can leave everything out in its creating space. Why Houston? Houston is a very affordable city to live in, the arts community is very well supported by the public. I love it here. 

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What are you continuously interested in learning?
Does it get incorporated in your work?  

I am continuously looking at our environment. I am looking at houses, landscape. I listen to people’s stories and that certainly gets incorporated into my work. 

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  What's next for you? 

I am working on a large-scale installation of LoVE signs for ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am making 5,000 signs. During the two-week event I plan to give away or sell everyone of the signs. I want to distribute the LoVe to everyone who wants it, something like that. This project is in the works and it will take me a year to create.

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Copyright Houston Makerspace, LLC 2013.  Background images by Marisa Brodie and Alex Barber.