Walter Scott

Wendy – Maître ès arts

Wendy, Master of Art

January 14, 2022
Comic Books
276 pages
165 × 229 mm
9782897771188
978-2-8977-7118-8
Translated from Canadian English by Daphné B
																Walter Scott, Wendy – Maître ès arts
																Walter Scott, Wendy – Maître ès arts

Wendy is an aspiring contemporary artist whose adventures have taken her to galleries, art openings, and parties in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Toronto. In Wendy, Master of Art, Walter Scott’s sly wit and social commentary zero in on MFA culture as our hero decides to hunker down and complete a master of fine arts at the University of Hell in small-town Ontario.
Finally Wendy has space to refine her artistic practice, but in this calm, all of her unresolved insecurities and fears explode at full volume—usually while hungover. What is the post-Jungian object as symbol? Will she ever understand her course reading—or herself? What if she’s just not smart enough? As she develops as an artist and a person, Wendy also finds herself in a teaching position, mentoring a perpetually sobbing grade-grubbing undergrad.

Scott’s incisively funny take on art school pretensions isn’t the only focus. Wendy, Master of Art explores the politics of open relationships and polyamoury, performative activism, the precarity of a life in the arts, as well as the complexities of gender identity, sex work, drug use, and more. At its heart, this is a book about the give and take of community—about someone learning how to navigate empathy and boundaries, and to respect herself. It is deeply funny and endlessly relatable as it shows Wendy growing up from Millennial art party girl to successful artist, friend, teacher—and Master of Art.

The author

Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist who makes comics, drawings, videos, performances and sculptures. His comic book series Wendy follows the ongoing misadventures of a young artist in a satyric version of the contemporary art world. Wendy is the heroine of two previously published volumes. She has been featured in Canadian Art, Art in America and the New Yorker website. The series was selected in the 2016 edition of the Best American Comics anthology. Scott received his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2018.

January 14, 2022
Comic Books
276 pages
165 × 229 mm
9782897771188
978-2-8977-7118-8
Translated from Canadian English by Daphné B