Presence, ceramic on wood base, 5' x 24" x 16"
Palladium, ceramic on metal base, 13" x 7" x 5"
Surge, tinted clay, 14" x 10" x 8"
Collage, clay and paper, 15" x 8" x 8"
Balance, ceramic and stone, 10" x 12" x 7"
Erosion, pit fired clay and wood, 12" x 12" x 9"
Cosmopolitan Woman, ceramic, 12" x 22" x 14"
Egg, soda fired clay, 9" x 5" x 8"
Passion, painted clay, 18" x 18" x 8"
Prana, tinted clay, 12" x 10" x 8"
Spring, painted clay on metal base, 20" x 12" x 8"
Elemental, pit fired clay and wood, 21" x 9" x 11"
Breakthrough, tinted clay, 14" x 9" x 8"
Stance, pit fired clay, 11" x 6" x 4"
Pit Fired Vessel, pit fired clay, 8" x 11" x 9"
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Member Portfolio

Wendy Liss

Résumé

Artist's Statement

I am inspired by the mystery in the act of creation.
How does the intangible become tangible? What are the possibilities and limitations to what can be expressed in physical form? How does creative process reflect life itself?
My process engages these questions by balancing contrasting dynamics — intellect and intuition, action and reflection, control and surrender. I follow my body's natural rhythms and tactile responses to the malleable clay to create hand-built ceramic sculptures and sculptural vessels that strive to convey a sense of gestural movement, as in dance or a splashing wave.
Forms emerge out of raw and refined edges that contour shifting, folding, and concrete planes. I love working three-dimensionally because every time I flip or turn a sculpture another world opens up to me. Responding to these shifts in the present moment becomes a meditation on how perception is shaped by perspective. I approach each sculpture, as I do my life, creating a balance between intention and intuitive response in the moment. The finished sculpture ultimately evolves out of that back and forth between creator and creation

Artist's Biography

Wendy received a BFA ('84) and an Art Education Certification ('85) from Moore College of Art. In addition to working as an artist, her professional life has included face painting, teaching of studio art and workshops, fine art restoration, color consulting and interior decorating.

Education

1994
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting & Sculpture
1995
Art Education Certification

Awards & Honors

2019
Dual Dimensions, Greater Norristown Art League, Norristown, PA
Memorial Award for Imaginative Artwork in Sculpture
Juror: John Ivanchencko
2018
Annual Juried Exhibition, Greater Norristown Art League, Norristown, PA
Best in Sculpture
Juror: Teresa Haag

Professional Experience

Teaching
2017
Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Life as Art Workshop
2015 - 2017
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Co-teacher, Adult Clay Camp
2016
Devon Design Center, Devon, PA
Life as Art Workshop
2011 - 2015
Barnstone Gallery, Phoenixville, PA
Mentor, Barnstone Art for Kids
2014
Congregation B'nai Jacob, Phoenixville, PA
Teacher, Tikkun Middot yearlong course
1985 - 1990
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Teacher, Summer School Program
1982 - 1990
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Teacher, Young People's Art Workshop
1985
William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
Teacher, Ninth Grade Foundation Program

Selected Exhibitions

2022
Going Abstract, MCGOPA Invitational, 431 Art Gallery, King of Prussia, PA
Featured Sculptor
2021 - 2022
Parisa Rugs & Decor, Old City, Philadelphia, PA
2019 - 2022
The Art Shop at Moore, Philadelphia, PA
2021
Sculpture in the Glen III, InLiquid at the Glen, Gladwyne, PA
Annual Members' Exhibition, Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
2020
The Year of the Woman, Crystal Moll Gallery
Baltimore, MD
Featured Sculptor
2019
Alumni Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Emily Zilber
11 Artists / 1 Show, Patricia M. Nugent Gallery
Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
Featured Sculptor
2018
The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Featured Sculptor
Faculty Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2017
Sculpted Earth, Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, PA
Curator and exhibitor
Fall Members Exhibition, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, PA
Juror: Scott Noel
Ceramic Innovations International Juried Exhibtion, Davenport Gallery, Wayne, PA
Juror: Chris Guston
2016
Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Fall Members Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Juror: Ted Xaras
2015
Recent Works by Moore Alumni, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
PARK(ing) Day Pop Up Park, County Theater, Doylestown, PA
2014
Latina's Legacy, Lawrence Gallery
Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
Co-curator and exhibitor
Fall Members Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Juror: Richard Rosenfeld
Creativity at Work, Barnstone Gallery, Phoenixville, PA
Featured Sculptor
2013
Creativity at Work, Barnstone Gallery, Phoenixville, PA
Featured Sculptor
Fall Members Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Juror: Patrick Connors
Beyond: Augmented Reality, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Jurors: Kaytie Johnson, Shelley Spector, Adelina Vlas
1990
Summer Faculty Exhibition, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1985
One person show, Provident National Bank, Narberth, PA
The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

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