Wendy Given's production of uncanny contemporary photography stems from a profound interest and practice guided by natural philosophy, history, folklore, myth and magicâ€”magic as a term meant to conjure the notion of the interconnectedness of all life forces. Given additionally possesses a keen sensibility in observing, documenting and seamlessly merging the natural with the otherworldlyâ€”or seemingly supernatural. Nature is prescribed as a foundation of power, verity and mystery in Given's workâ€”both intelligible and arcane. She gives significant credence to the animals, rocks, plants, earth, water and heavensâ€”the known (the familiar), the unfamiliar and the essential.
Wendy Given is a Portland, Oregon based visual artist. She holds an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally at Fifth Floor (Los Angeles), whitespace (Atlanta), Chelsea Art Museum (New York), Tacoma Art Museum (Washington), The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Oregon), and at Blue Sky in Portland (Oregon). Given's work was included in the exhibition 31 Women in Art Photography by Humble Arts in conjunction with Hasted Kraeutler in 2012, in the exhibition Sanctified at the Vincent Price Art Museum in February 2013, and her upcoming solo exhibition Claw, Shine, Gloam and Vesper will open on September 12, 2013 at whitespace in Atlanta, GA.