Wennie is inspired by the urban natural world. In her pierced paper pieces, she creates drawings of trees from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Greenwood Cemetery and Prospect Park. The action of repeatedly piercing the paper is similar to carving initials into a tree trunk or tattooing oneself. The trees emerge from the accumulations of piercings, which also make the paper more sculptural, or as she puts it “…something that floats between two and three dimensions, not quite one nor the other. With her monochromatic red "Calypso" drawings, she starts with landscape-derived motifs, but allows her imagination to take her to uncharted areas, creating defined, intimate reveries.
Wennie Huang received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has most recently had solo exhibitions at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY and the Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland. She has also created public art works for PS/IS 263M and Arts Westchester. Wennie has received numerous artist grants and awards, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; the 35th Anniversary Art Commission at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY; and Emerging Artist Workspace Residency at the Center for Book Arts. Her work is in represented in several collections including the Museum of the Chinese in American, NYC; the National Museum of Graphic Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Edelman, NYC.