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For intermedia artists, installing a show is never a simple task. Where for artists working in more traditional media might simply ship the work off to a curator to install, for artists working with sound, light and moving parts, installation is not an afterthought, but part of the work. That’s why on Black Friday, when many of her colleagues were jostling their neighbors in big box stores, Wendy Wischer was on a plane to Miami.
She was catching up to the materials she had shipped the previous week, part of an install at the Haitian Cultural Center during Art Basel-Miami Beach. It’s the second work she has installed in the city over the past month, a period in which she also installed “Trapped Within” at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts as part of the New Narratives exhibit. And in her studios (there are multiple) she’s working on new sculptures, experimenting with projections and casting fiberglass trees. It’s easy to see why the University of Utah professor is the recipient this year of a Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship. In this month’s Artist Profile, Wischer talks with us about her work, her studio and the importance of light.
To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.wendywischer.com.
The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.