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Wendel Wirth is a 2015 Idaho Visual Arts Fellow. She received her MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating Magna Cum Laude and her BFA from Denison University. In 2013, her work earned her a Juror's Merit Award at the Boise Art Museum Triennial exhibit. She is currently represented by Gilman Contemporary. When she’s not in her studio creating, she can be found outside enjoying whatever sport the season has to offer.

See more of Wendel Wirth’s work in Issue 16


Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a contemporary photographer interested in minimalism, subtlety and color. Originally from New York City and Chicago, I live in the mountains of Ketchum (better known as Sun Valley), Idaho with my husband, daughter and two well loved dogs.

What is the inspiration behind your work?

I am continually inspired by my surroundings. I live in the middle of six mountain ranges and am able to spend time outside doing the things I love to do: hiking, biking, and skiing. I have learned that this is a large part of my creative process as it gives me time to think and gain clarity on my work. I also read a lot. I am interested in what other artists are doing. I am interested in concept, theory, and philosophy. Projects usually evolve from a combination of these thoughts. This body of work, Considerations of a Modern Landscape, was inspired by the sensory experience we get from nature, specifically at the crossroads of a horizon. Eastern philosophy further influenced my ideas of balance and symmetry.


Vhcle Magazine Issue 16, Photography

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What do you think is the artist's role in society?

I believe that the role of an artist is to prompt thought, emotion and conversation in a manner that we may not otherwise encounter. It offers us a means to explore the world around us which is, of course, eternally fascinating.

What superpower would you want and why?

This question makes me laugh. There is only one super power I have truly ever wanted and that is the ability to blink and take a picture. Large format quality, of course. No explanation necessary.

Favorite drink?

Tea, hot or cold, by day. Good tequila with fresh lime juice by night... now and again.