Wanda Lock


Wand Lock
The shape of things to come, 2012

mixed media on paper
22 x 30''
Value $1,000
Donated by the artist



Wanda Lock
My dad's friends locked in a cage without cigarettes and coffee (just after sunset), 2012

mixed media on paper
22” x 30''
Value $1,000
Donated by the Artist

‘100 Drawings to Contemplate’ Series 2011-2012

When I was about nine years old my brother found my diary and read it. OMG! It was horrific...I didn’t know what to do. Embarrassed, I wanted to slip away into nothingness. My diary writing days were officially over but my need to record and decipher the world around me was still strong and relentless.

And so I decided to draw. These beginning drawings were abstract, unrecognizable scribbles that only I could decode; a perfect way to fulfill my need to chronicle my life and the world around me.  I continued this practice through my teens, into art school and on through my twenties.

In 2001 I stopped drawing pictures about my musings on life and took on a documentary role, using the people and events in my community as subject. An interaction at the cafe, a conversation at the soccer field, a quick hello in a parking lot are taken back to the studio and used as a premise for a new work.  My drawings are not about me, my drawings are about you.

I draw every day, almost obsessively. And chances are, if you and I meet, however briefly, I will make a drawing about it.

Wanda Lock was born in Oliver, British Columbia in 1969. In 1989 she enrolled into Okanagan College before transferring to Emily Carr College of Art and Design where she graduated in 1992 with a studio major in painting. Lock returned to the Okanagan in 1992, and since then, she has numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions including ‘It came from the sky’, Elevation Gallery 2010, ‘Pitching Tents’, Vernon Public Art Gallery 2009 and ‘Stacks and Piles’ Kelowna Art Gallery 2008.

According to her significant other, Wanda watches too many coming of age movies. She is also known to play Pearl Jam and some Stone Temple Pilots while working in her studio. She is not sure what her fondness of grunge music and teenage angst movies have in common with her current body of work but she is convinced that all will become clear in good time.

Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections across Canada and is represented by Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta, The Front Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta and locally through Headbones Gallery in Vernon, www.headbonesgallery.com and online through the Gallery Project www.gallery-project.com