Wanda Boudreaux

Wanda Boudreaux

Santa Monica, CA, United States

About Wanda Boudreaux

Being from New Orleans, having lived in New York City, and now living in Los Angeles, the natural environs of each place have been the subject matter for my art. Now, more than ever, we need to honor and protect Nature. Wetlands and swamp trees in Louisiana, urban trees and the ocean in Los Angeles inform most of my current work, calling attention to and celebrating the mystery, the resiliency and the life and solace giving spirit of Nature.

As a painter who loves photography, taking photographs started out as a way for me to create landscape and seascape reference materials for my paintings. Faced with ever increasing time constraints, I became attracted to the immediacy of Polaroid. I soon realized that the images and effects that I was able to generate using outdated film and my own personal technique were perfectly matched to my vision.

The initial Polaroid image becomes a starting point for the final piece, and undergoes a digital alteration process. Once the resulting pigment print has been made, I am often compelled to leave my tangible handmade mark by drawing and painting on the photographic prints, allowing me to veer into fresh territory of hybrid creations.

Education

School of Visual Arts,
New York, NY, BFA with Honors, 1984

Parsons School of Design
New School for Social Research, New York, NY 1980-81

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA, 1977-1980




Events

Public Collections:
City of New Orleans
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Awards:
Pauly D'Orlando Memorial Art Scholarship
Louisiana Roster Artist, La Division of the Arts

Exhibitions

2014 HaleARTS, Santa Monica, CA
2013 "PhotoNOLA", Hall-Barnett Gallery, New Orleans, La
2013 " Nature L.A." Solo Exhibit, G2 Gallery, Venice, CA
2012 "Tree Series" Solo Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA)
2012 "Ten Artists to Watch", LACDA, Los Angeles, curated by Nancy Meyer, LACMA
2012 "TEN on 25", PopUp Gallery Exhibition, Culver City, CA
2011 "Wild Apples Artists", Old Harvard Library, Harvard, MA
2010 "Louisiana Trees: Life Entwined", Sibley Gallery, New Orleans, La
2010 "Anarchy", POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 "L.A.NDSCAPES" , LACDA, Los Angeles, CA
2009 "Lights on L.A.", Pershing Square Installation, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, L.A., CA
2006 "El Dia do los Muertos", Canvas Gallery, Dallas, TX
2006 Don Francis Exhibition Space, Venice, CA
2004 NOCCA Celebration Exhibition, New Orleans, La
2000 Contemporary Art Center CC's Gallery, New Orleans, La
1997 "Four Women and a Guy", Shooting Star Gallery, New Orleans, La
1997 "City of New Orleans Purchase Exhibit", Treme Villa Meilleur, New Orleans, La