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Online Artist Talk: Vanessa Woods
Wednesday, February 2, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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In this artist talk, Vanessa Woods will discuss the genesis of her current body of work, Vestiges (2017-present), which consists of photographs and collages exploring the human body through the maternal lens. She will share the range of experimental techniques used to define and erase physical boundaries, speaking to the blurred margins between her children’s bodies and her own. Additionally, Woods will provide an overview of earlier projects that have informed the work she is now creating, collages that incorporate her own photographs as source material.

Vanessa Woods’ exhibition will be on view at the Center for Photographic Art from January 8 – February 13

Vanessa Woods’ collages utilize disparate associations to re-imagine and re-contextualize contemporary and historical narratives. The material for her collages comes from a broad range of sources including art history books, photo books, vintage/contemporary magazines, found paper ephemera, and her own photographs. In each piece that she creates, the original image is decontextualized through the act of cutting and it’s meaning re-contextualized through new associations. In Woods’ current body of work, titled Form Studies, she examines the body as both a maker and giver of life. The work explores the changing roles a woman’s body goes through after having children, with an emphasis on physical erasure between bodies.

Woods graduated with an MFA with honors from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally including Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and The Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose. Woods has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship from the SF Arts Commission, a Film Arts Foundation Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA Fellowship. She has also been awarded residencies at Djerassi, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and in Pont-Aven, France, through the Museum of Pont-Aven. Woods is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. For more information please visit vanessawoods.com

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