I am an artist, teacher, and arts administrator currently living in Eugene, Oregon with my family- Christopher Michlig, our two kiddos, and a cat named Echo. Christopher and I collaboratively run Office Hours Projects, which is an exhibit space that presents an individual work by an artist with an accompanying text for further inquiry.

My recent paintings of interior spaces sometimes include figures and often do not. Figures are either solidly fixed within their spaces, occupied and distracted, or they have apparently very recently vacated, leaving evidence of their presence and anticipation of their impending return. This impression that someone has recently departed or is about to arrive amplifies the experience of the empty spaces, which are otherwise very full of detail- open doors, lights left on, television playing, table set, a bag on the floor, shelves and ephemera. While some areas of the painting are carefully attended to in fine detail, other parts are un-rendered while still maintaining an essential presence in the overall scene. The vantage point of these works take the broadest possible view of the spaces they depict, like establishing shots in cinema. Looking through a doorway or from a far corner of the living, dining, or storage room, a bedroom, or an office, a personal sensibility is cultivated. Painted on paper-like canvas surfaces that absorb as much as they support, my subjectivity possesses a tactile clarity that has as much to do with finish as representation.


Contact: wendyheldmann@gmail.com