I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Wurundjeri country on which I live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. I pay my respects to their Elders past and present.

Wendy Catling is an Australian visual artist working primarily in the medium of photography. Motivated by personal and wider family histories, the artist takes a reparative approach to revealing the complexities of domestic violence. Her work focuses on shame, memory, power, and intergenerational trauma. She employs alternative, vernacular and studio photography, video and installation practices.

Catling completed her MA - Photography project, Nightshade, in 2020 supervised by Dr Kristian Haggblom and mentored by Janina Green (Aus) and Melinda Gibson (UK). She has worked as a textile designer, stage manager, theatre administrator, and a sound and lighting operator for comedy improvisers. Since 2001 Catling has taught art and photography to secondary and adult students. She volunteers with victims of domestic violence and as a gallery tour guide. Her works have been shown in the USA and Australia and are in collections at Warrnambool Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia and in private collections. She lives on the outskirts of Naarm, also known as Melbourne, surrounded by native bushland reserves with her sound designer, film maker partner.

  • MA - Photography, Photography Studies College, Melbourne
  • PGCE - Greenwich University, London
  • BA - Fine Art, Monash University, Melbourne

Exhibitions:
2020   Nightshade, Alternating Current, Windsor, Vic, Australia
2015   Hard Light, Ballarat International Foto Bienale, Vic, Australia             Light Sensitive, (Group show) Art Intersection, Arizona, USA

Publication:
Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice, 2019, Christina Z Anderson.

Awards:
2021 Finalist in Zart National Teacher-Artist Awards
2021 Finalist in the Ballarat International Foto Bienale GradFoto 2020 Award