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Nurturing • Resourceful • Resilient

Her Story

Wendy Trusler

Public Art Co-Ordinator – City of Peterborough

Wendy's Story

I am an interdisciplinary visual artist, designer, writer and food stylist.

Balancing a life of art and food for over twenty years;  I have cooked and catered across Canada and internationally, food styled for film and television and developed an art practice that encompasses visual art, curatorial projects, performance, film and writing.

I have exhibited since the mid-90s in a variety of contexts ranging from galleries to storefront windows, industrial spaces to parks.

My design practice traces a similar orbit to my artistic impulses as I explore the potential inherent within found materials and reclaimed objects.

Encompassing ideas of ecology, rejuvenation and repurposing,  I integrate a wide variety of materials in creating design pieces (furniture and handmade works) that have the feel of contemporary antiques; pieces that are rustic, warm and refined.

I am an Associate of the Ontario College of Art and hold a B.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario.

I am the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Chalmers Family Arts Fellowship, the Canada Council of the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Peterborough.

As an extension of my practice, I conduct  multi-media workshops for school-age children and am active within the arts community (Public Art Co-Ordinator for the City of Peterborough, Board of Directors, Art Gallery of Peterborough; President of the Board, Artspace; Art Installations, Peterborough Regional Health Centre).

Recent projects include The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning (Vauve Press 2013, Harpers Design 2015); Collective Vision, an on-going public art project in the Mental Health Services Department of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Voices at Hand, an archival-oriented performance piece that examines the essence of why we keep letters.