“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 contributed a post to Safe in the Studio, a weekly series created in response to the pandemic, where artists offer insight into their work and artist practice.
Read the article: Wendi Schneider, Safe in the Studio, April 9, 2020
In this exhibit we honor trees in all their states: majestic specimens or struggling seedlings, in summer plumage or winter austerity, grown in nature or nurtured by man. Where do you find inspiration in trees? What is it about trees that moves you? All capture methods and processes are welcome. Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2020.
3 Park Street, Middlebury VT 05753
On view April 2 – April 25, 2020
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.”
Read the article: Aline Smithson, Lenscratch, October 3, 2019
SHOTS Magazine featured Wendi Schneider as the designated “Emerging Photographer” for their JOURNEY issue. 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.“
Read the interview: Douglas Beasley, SHOTS Magazine, No. 145, Fall 2019
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.”
Read the interview: Michael Kirchoff, Catalyst:Interviews, May 2019
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.“
Read the interview: Lannie Versair, Shutter Talking, April 14, 2019
March 8 – April 27, 2019
Robert Anderson Gallery
3321 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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.”
Read the interview: RFOTOFOLIO, April 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 29, 6-8pm
502c Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
On view March 1 – April 30, 2018
Curated by Kat Kiernan. Featuring artists Cig Harvey, Beth Dow, Wendi Schneider, Joshua White, David Graham White, Christine Collins, and Brenton Hamilton.
“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.”
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 8, 7-8:30pm
Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA 01890
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.