Wendy Elia works in series. In Half-Naked and The Visit life-size naked or semi-naked portraits of Eliaâ€™s friends and family confront our voyeurism and ask questions about paintingâ€™s relationship to authenticity and illusion; her self-portrait I Could Have Been A Contender lays her ageing body open to our scrutiny. Their content is a testament to the artistâ€™s exploration of enforced domesticity; of the repetitive grind of work, child-rearing, care for the elderly, that creates a sense of entrapment within the home studio. The architecture and fittings of the latter â€“ the boarded up fireplace and the laminate floor â€“ are recurring motifs. Within those portraits lie smaller paintings: a network of allusions to familial relations, previous art works, and art history. These and Eliaâ€™s focus on the desire for escapism through mediated experiences (tv, the internet) prompted It Will Happen When You Least Expect It..
This series is about the futile quest for truth and the legacy of postmodernism