Lyz Wendland

Location: Stillwater, MN
Featured Work: Paradox, Part 1

Paradox, Part 1, 2019, acrylic, gouache, wax pastel, paper, Duralar, 12′ x 7′ x 1″

Describe your featured work:

Paradox, Part 1 is one of my recent large scale painting installations. In this piece, I’m combining structural and organic shapes to comment on the dichotomy of clashing visual elements. I made the different sections together and then split them apart when I installed to add to the idea of discomfort and disruption.

Paradox, Part 1 is an important piece from this past year as I drastically increased the scale of my work. This piece is also part of a larger series of significant works that I have been cutting up (after exhibiting several times), collaging, and from it making new and smaller work. I then sell these smaller pieces and donate part of the proceeds to local and national non-profits that support and restore our ecosystem.

Paradox, Part 1, 2019, acrylic, gouache, wax pastel, paper, Duralar
Paradox, Part 1 (detail), 2019, acrylic, gouache, wax pastel, paper, Duralar

Artist’s Statement:

Collecting from the natural world and influence of architecture, my work explores the abstract gestures beneath the organic and structural. I observe my presence to these spaces through sketching. Elements of these sketches lead to my larger works, a layered process of painting, utilizing acrylic and gouache on paper. Grounded in an interplay of color and shape, a visual language between two-dimensional and three-dimensional segments is formed. By recalling my encounters, the work assembles momentary glimpses and memories of landscape in space. Through these explorations, the work confronts viewers’ assumptions about space and place, while casting familiar landscapes into new contexts.

Shadow Shadow, Part 6, acrylic on paper, 7″ x 7″ x 6″

What are you making now?

I recently took down a large solo show, so right now in the studio I’m having fun reflecting on this body of work. I’ve been experimenting and playing with found surfaces and utilizing more collage processes. I’ve even been incorporating my sewing machine—something I did a lot in graduate school!

I’ve also been doing a lot of writing as I’m continuing to develop the concept of my work in relation to our climate crisis. I feel it is a pivotal time within my practice as I investigate the importance of communicating this message more boldly with my audience. By focusing on the potential impact that my message has, I’m learning to create despite the discomfort and guilt I have about making art within our current climate concern and adding to broader conversations about the duality of making art as a form of climate activism.

Shadow Shadow, Part 7, acrylic on paper, 6″ x 7″ x 6″

I belong to CIVA because…
I belong to CIVA because of the community. Since joining within the past year, I’ve been impressed with the quality of resources and how the program is run. There are many amazing opportunities for exhibiting work and meeting other artists.

Lyz Wendland is a visual artist living and working in Stillwater, Minnesota. She received her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her BFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums regionally, nationally, and internationally. Wendland has been the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Grant and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. She has received numerous faculty development grants for her research on improving participation, critical thinking and motivation. Currently, Lyz is Assistant Professor of Art at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota teaching drawing, painting, and design.