July 13-August 31, 2013
Opening reception Saturday, July 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist will be in attendance
In Gild, Ann Wood incorporates two- and three-dimensional pieces to create a dramatic environment that borders installation. With a playful, elaborate Rococo feel, these environments reference topiaries, floral bouquets and desserts, as well as historical painting and sculpture. Just as the term "gild" can be defined as giving an attractive but often deceptive appearance, Wood's works initially seem traditionally "pretty" or look as if they could be edible, yet slowly reveal a disturbing underbellyboth hidden and obvious vignettes of danger, death, deception and decay weaving throughout them.
In both her two-dimensional and sculptural works, themes of decadence and over-indulgence quickly become sickening, and animals freeze in a moment of ultimate humiliation, covered with what appears to be frosting, flowers and bows. Other animals are intertwined in ambiguous poses, leaving the viewer questioning whether they are fighting to their death or mating, calling attention to the thin line between love and hate and the spectacle of violence as entertainment. Violence coupled with playfulness creates a paradoxical sense of attraction, yet repulsion.
The process and materials used in this body of work also remain crucial to Wood's concepts. She relies heavily on embroidery, scrapbooking materials, thread and kitsch, "craft store" objects such as fake flowers, sequins and puffy paint. In the spirit of dichotomies, she then contrasts this handmade "women's work" with "masculine" industrial materials such as rubber, plastic, foam, hunting decoys and taxidermy mannequins. Using embroidery as a medium, the two-dimensional works in Gild reinterpret the traditionally male-created historic painting in a contemporary and feminine way. The "frosting" coated, large-scale sculpture twists the idea of monument into a feminine, animal-shaped super-cake that simultaneously reminds the viewer of the discordant ideas of nurture and humiliation.
Ann Wood currently lives and works in Galveston, Texas. She received her BFA from California State University in 1996 and her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1999. She has exhibited her works across Texas, including at the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston, the Dallas Center for Contemporary Arts, the Galveston Arts Center, the Station Museum in Houston and Women and Their Work in Austin, Texas. She received the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award to Artists from the Dallas Museum of Art in 2002.
"Cluster" (foreground), 2012, taxidermy mannequins, foam, push pins, fake roses, poured plastic, glitter, dimensions variable.