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Wendy Bornholdt

Wendy Bornholdt is currently based in Sydney, Australia. Her practice is multidisciplinary, spanning photography, text, postal projects, installation and drawing.

Born in Lower Hutt in the 60’s, it was while living in Auckland during the 80’s-90’s that she began working site specifically, utilising architectural space and audio as concrete materials for making temporary installations for encounter.

She briefly studied TV and Film in Auckland before relocating to London in ’98 where she forged a relationship with the founders of The Museum of Installation (no longer extant) in what proved to be an intensely productive and fruitful period of time creatively. Wendy made and contributed to shows in London plus other parts of the UK and further afield while also continuing to make work back in New Zealand. Despite the showing opportunities that were arising, her interest in installation and the grand gesture was starting to wane, her attention increasingly focused on issues around making art for many vs an audience of one and on exploring working in new ways.

A fertile period of studio based activity followed, as did the bombings in London in 2005, resulting in a period of uncertainty towards being situated in what felt to be an increasingly unstable part of the world. In 2007 Bornholdt relocated to Sydney.

Bornholdt has shown at The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery; City Gallery Wellington; Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Artspace Auckland; George Fraser Gallery, Auckland; Lazelle Gallery, Auckland; Bowen Galleries, Wellington; Museum of Installation, London; Decima Gallery, London; Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn, UK; Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK; Turnpike Gallery, Manchester, UK; Unit 2 Gallery, London, UK; Programa Centro De Arte, Mexico City; SLOT Gallery, Sydney; DIP, Sydney; has been the recipient of grants from Creative NZ Arts Council Toi Aotearoa and was the recipient of a Northern Arts Council UK commission to make a contemporary work in response to a collection of illuminated manuscripts at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery in Northern England.

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