Category Archives: Wendy Given

Keeping up with Wendy Given

Wendy Given has been busy since her last show at whitespace a year ago. She is one of 30 artists chosen from a pool of 179 for the 10th Northwest Biennial that is running now through May 20, 2012. Held at the Tacoma Art Museum in Portland, the exhibition not only commemorates the tenth anniversary of the show but also the 75th anniversary of the museum. All of the artists represent the Pacific Northwest, and their respective works touch on the identities of the inhabitants and the practices of the region.

Installation image of Wendy Given’s work at the 10th Northwest Biennial

For more information, please visit the Tacoma Art Museum website.

Wendy also has an upcoming solo photography show, Luminosis mori, in February 2012 at the Nationale in Portland.

Artist Conversation with Wendy Given

On a recent winter afternoon, Wendy Given spoke at the gallery about her current photography exhibit Turn Your Back to the Forest, Your Front to Me. We appreciate everyone braving the cold to attend!

Wendy discusses her artist residency in Caldera, Oregon, 
where she created her current body of work for the exhibition.

Given (left) discusses her creative 
process & the photograph, By the Boat of Charon.


Based on a witches ladder, Given explains the meaning 
behind her rope and feather sculpture, Not All is Kept Hard or Soft.
Turn Your Back to the Forest, Your Front to Me
Exhibition: January 14 – February 26, 2011
Gallery Hours | Wed – Sat | 11 am – 5 pm 

Turn Your Back to the Forest, Your Front to Me

Whitespace is pleased to present Turn Your Back to the Forest, Your Front to Me, a photography exhibit by Wendy Given.

Wendy Given produces work that resonates in the deep, dark and unstable ground between consciousness and collective memory. The current exhibition “Turn Your Back to the Forest, Your Front to Me” consists of various portraits, objects and scenes depicting the subtle locus between metaphor, allegory, fact and fiction. The majority of the work was conceived and produced during a month long artist residency in 2010 at Caldera and Blue Lake in idyllic Sisters, Oregon.

Given’s photographs and sculptures are constructed to introduce a contemporary narrative directed by centuries of folklore and legend—ultimately depicting the fine, delicate line between realism and imagination. Given is keenly interested in observing and documenting the otherworldly—or seemingly supernatural—in the everyday experience, realizing an ongoing fascination with myth and magic.

Wendy Given received her Master’s of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California and her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work in photography and video has been exhibited in Germany, The Netherlands and nationally. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two dogs and cat.

Exhibition: January 14 – February 26, 2011
Opening Reception:  Friday, January 14th,  7 – 10 pm
Conversation with the Artist: Saturday, January 15th @ 4 pm
Gallery Hours | Wed – Sat | 11 am – 5 pm