Born in New York City in 1951, Wendy Burton received her BA in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, where she studied Intaglio Printmaking with Mike Mazur. She studied engraving at Atelier Garrigues in the south of France. Burton is a self-taught photographer.
Several of Burton’s photographic series comprise Trace Elements, a body of work exploring vacated spaces—the places and artifacts that have been abandoned and exposed to time and the elements, altering what was left behind. These photographs bear witness to what remains. Burton seeks to capture human presence in its absence, exploring architectural spaces as varied as abandoned grain elevators in Buffalo, New York, to rural churches destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Her most recent work, Nests and Natural Histories, are photographs of animal skulls and abandoned nests, a collection that furthers the exploration of that which is left behind. The nests are distinctive sculptural objects: fragile and delicate yet surprisingly durable, they are stunning relics of energy and precision. The viewer bears witness to the Life that was carried within these structures. The skulls are equally stunning visual artifacts, reflecting both life and its absence.
University of Louisville, Photographic Archives, Kentucky
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art