Altered Photograph (Subtracted Ink), 11 x 8.5 in., 2016
BIO Wendy Sittner is a self-taught artist born in Richmond, Virginia. She received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Virginia and her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been selected for exhibitions juried by Ginger Hammer of the National Gallery of Art (United States), Joann Moser of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Liza Key Strelka of The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC). She recently completed a residency at Proyecto ‘Ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sittner has received awards in exhibitions at The Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, VA) and she has work on display in the selective Gallery 75 at The Art League (Alexandria, Virginia). She was involved in a collaborative project in New York City and she assisted artist Patrick Dougherty in constructing an installation. Statement "This artwork was created by photographing my original monoprint, then altering the photo using photo-editing software. I printed the photograph, then lifted the ink from the paper using a subtractive method of printmaking. With a background in clinical social work, I have experience supporting children and families through life’s challenging moments. The insects in my artwork are inspired by the families with whom I have worked; the exoskeletons of the insects represent the resilience needed when people interact with their natural and social environments. The vibrant colors in my artwork are meant to offer an optimistic perspective on people’s abilities to triumph over challenges."