“It has been a year of more and less. More appreciation, compassion, loss, recognition, reflection, solitude, and work. Less travel, interaction, and concern about unimportant things. Even mundane tasks have developed into more meditative moments. I am acutely aware of the passage of time and of my emotions, which seem to resonate more deeply. And as usual, but perhaps more than ever, I have turned to my art for serenity and respite, as making art to celebrate beauty has always been my personal refuge…” — Wendi Schneider
“Trees are silent protagonists in the work of Wendi Schneider, which is rooted in the serenity she finds in the sinuous elegance of organic forms. She shares moments of respite in beauty as an antidote to the unease in the world in which we live. “If I can touch someone else with my work, I’m deeply moved and grateful. I hope that viewers will appreciate the beauty and embrace the need to care for our endangered planet.”
Refuge is featured in Our Magnificent Planet, the latest publication by Brooks Jensen. The book contains 300 stunning color and black and white photographs celebrating our planet.
In hectic times, nature always has a positive effect on the human mind. Nature brings reflection and tranquility. After experiencing nature, we can look at life from a different perspective. In our Japanese Garden exhibition, art photographers show the natural world with their sense of serenity.
She is an Artist & Photographer Well-Known for Her Photographs of Nature & Wildlife.
Wendi is widely known for her ongoing series of hand-gilded photographs, States of Grace –– illuminated impressions of grace in the natural world. Drawn to the serenity she finds in the sinuous elegance of organic forms; she embraces photography to preserve vanishing moments of beauty in our vulnerable environment. She has perfected a gilding process in which her images seemingly dance on the paper’s surface amidst reflections of light on precious metals, creating a synthesis of technique and subject.
Wendi Schneider was a Featured Photographer in the 158th Issue of Visual Art, the magazine published by England’s Royal Photographic Society Visual Art Group. Many thanks to the Royal Photographic Society for this wonderful feature.
I was in New Orleans last year and found ‘A Gallery for Fine Photography’ and it was here, among a fantastic selection of images, that I discovered the work of Denver-based artist Wendi Schneider. Her work literally shone out, by the use of precious metals to gild the reverse of her work, she creates other-worldly representations of the environment around us. I admire the way she has produced a beautiful body of work in a unique and magical way.
– Ray Higginbottom, Editor, ARPS
A selection from the States of Grace series entitled The Wisdom of Trees was awarded Gold in the Nature/Trees category of the Prix de la Photographie Paris Awards by an international jury.
In addition, a selection of images from Evenings with the Moon was awarded Honorable Mention in the Fine Art category.
“Her work is influenced by the lush landscapes of Memphis and New Orleans, her collection of art and antiques from the turn of the twentieth century, and a background in painting and art history – in particular the work of Steichen, Whistler, and other Pictorialists and Tonalists. She turned to photography in the early 1980s to create references for her paintings, then combined the mediums…”
“My practice has not shifted measurably in the time of Covid-19. I turn to nature to dwell in serenity amidst the chaos, for it is there I find sanctuary and respite. I am transfixed and transformed when I capture impressions of fleeting grace in the natural world. Calmed by fluid, organic shapes reminiscent of the elegant whiplash lines of art nouveau botanicals, I photograph intuitively.“
Wendi was honored to be asked to write about the Legacies of Light symposium at the Center for Creative Photography for The Photograph Collector. This rich symposium dove deep into the extensive archives of the Center and of those in the community created by this ground-breaking gallery. See page 7 in the linked article below.
Lenscratch, the internet’s premier daily photography journal, highlighted Wendi Schneider’s newest exhibition at the Southeast Center for Photography: Evenings with the Moon.
“Artist Wendi Schneider is unabashedly unafraid of beauty. Her images are timeless, romantic, and filled with poetry and grace.”
SHOTS Magazine featured Wendi Schneider for their Fall 2019 Issue as the issue’s designated “Emerging Photographer.” Many thanks to Douglas Beasley for his wonderful interview!
“I saw your portfolio ‘Evenings With the Moon’ at PhotoLucida and was knocked out by the physicality of the prints — how they felt in my hand, the translucence. I thought the gold leafing was especially effective in giving the prints a sense of both delicacy and depth. That quality is so hard to convey in the two dimensions of print.“
Many thanks to Michael Kirchoff for his illuminating interview with Wendi for Catalyst:Interviews, his series of discussions with photographers on the creative process.
“Images like hers are achieved only through a process of thoughtful examination and execution. … The artist’s hand is evident in every single one of them, and they share the same qualities as their creator – uniqueness, elegance, and a reverence for the tangible.”
Thanks to Lannie Versair for publishing this wonderful interview on his blog, Shutter Talking!
“As to what to gild, it’s intuitive, as is what I capture. As I have worked with the process, I’m often drawn to images with light areas that might show more of the luminous gilding, but sometimes a pop of light can be dramatic and effective on a darker image. It depends of the desired outcome, though the hands-on journey of each piece may take it in a different direction.“
Wendi sat down with Rfotofolio recently to discuss her career in photography, her inspirations, and the States of Grace series. Huge thanks to Connie Rosenthal for sharing this wonderful interview!
“When I’m capturing or creating an image, I’m entirely focused on the detail and wonder of the subject and process, so all else fades away. The creative flow quiets the noise in my head. The current project finds me often in nature, so that in itself is incredibly healing for me emotionally and spiritually. If I can create work, I feel fortunate. If I can make work that I feel good about, I feel fulfilled. If I can create work that touches others in some way, I feel successful.”
“Wendi is a photographic artist who seeks beauty in a world that challenges our sense of inner peace. … Each image is a unique consideration and elevated through her use of vellum and white gold, silver or 24k gold leaf, resulting in photographic objects that shimmer with luminosity and sumptuous elegance.”
States of Grace was recently featured on German contemporary photography website Uncoated, an online platform where both emerging and established photographers can showcase their work and connect with enthusiasts.