Wendy Ballen


Wendy Ballen graduated from the UC Santa Cruz in 1980 and after also qualifying as an acupuncturist she was drawn back to the arts.    Wendy first started wiring by accident.   She happened upon a roll of wire and a pair of pliers and idly began shaping her self portrait.

" I work in copper, steel, brass, and silver wire. I use my hands, and an array of different pliers. I use cold joining methods, sometimes silver solder. I choose subjects that are dear to my heart, dogs, herons, and people. I use whimsy and humor in my work, at least to entertain myself, and hopefully others as well."