Wendy Klemperer makes sculptures of animals. the creatures in her work are amazingly expressive and convey complex movement and emotion that reflects the hours wendy has spent observing animals in the wild, in nature films and in the works of other artists like the painter Eugène Delacroix and photographer Eadward Muybridge.
Wedny is best known for her large scale sculptures of wolves, deer and horses that she welds together using found scrap metal and rebar. However for her current Brooklyn show she’s working on a much smaller scale, sculpting animals from wax. The works display the same intricacies of motion as her larger metal works, but the wendy uses the wax as a kind of skin to articulate detailed muscle tone and working on a smaller scale allows for the sculptures to interact with each other. In one piece two dogs wrestle with each other, in another a tiger drags a deer by the throat. The strange realism in the wax-y skin and the movements of these creatures creates an effect that’s both naturalistic and fantastical. Like looking at a still from a nature documentary done in stop motion animation.
This week on the show I speak with Wendy Klemperer about her sculptures, her life long fascination with animal movement. We also talk about how she transitioned from studying biochemistry at Harvard to pressing a career as an artist. Her work is on view at Storefront Bushwick through November 11th.
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