Aug 5 – Sept 10, 2023

S. B. Woods

Intermundia

About the Exhibit

When two worlds meet they provide a third space. That space is Intermundia which, in its latin origin, is defined as the spaces between worlds where the gods reside.

Intermundia is the product of SBWoods slow emergence out of the dark after the loss of her husband, mother and brother, all of whom died within a short time of each other. Amidst grief and learning how to traverse the space between the worlds where the living and the dead meet, Woods found healing within the meditative awareness that arrives from weaving stones, carding wool, and sewing with horsehair. As the needle threads and the hand weaves, so does the mind move through the visible and invisible spaces of memory, love, longing and belonging.

A stone sculpture of a women, (accompanied by a recording of spoken word), a reflecting pool sculpted in the form of a human body, a wooden wing, and more clay and wax sculptures further express the liminal passage of grief and comprise the installation titled Lemuria; the fabled lost continent under the Indian Ocean’s floor.

Also included in the show are several performative informed photographs, referring to myths and other worldly visitations while exploring the shadow-light reflected in a well on her land. The well becomes both portal and entry point for the light and the dark to convene.

Press Release

S. B. Woods
Intermundia
Aug 5 – Sept 10, 2023
Opening Reception Aug 5, 2023, 4-7pm

About the Exhibition
When two worlds meet they provide a third space. That space is Intermundia which, in its latin origin, is defined as the spaces between worlds where the gods reside.

Intermundia is the product of SBWoods slow emergence out of the dark after the loss of her husband, mother and brother, all of whom died within a short time of each other. Amidst grief and learning how to traverse the space between the worlds where the living and the dead meet, Woods found healing within the meditative awareness that arrives from weaving stones, carding wool, and sewing with horsehair. As the needle threads and the hand weaves, so does the mind move through the visible and invisible spaces of memory, love, longing and belonging.

A stone sculpture of a women, (accompanied by a recording of spoken word), a reflecting pool sculpted in the form of a human body, a wooden wing, and more clay and wax sculptures further express the liminal passage of grief and comprise the installation titled Lemuria; the fabled lost continent under the Indian Ocean’s floor.

Also included in the show are several performative informed photographs, referring to myths and other worldly visitations while exploring the shadow-light reflected in a well on her land. The well becomes both portal and entry point for the light and the dark to convene.

About S. B. Woods
Performance has always informed Woods’ work. Beginning in the 1980’s in NYC, her work has evolved from pure movement interests as a solo performer to making the sets for her performances which included sculpture, sound and the use of text. Woods has performed in NYC at Roulette, The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, St.Mark’s Church, Dixon Place, The Judson Church, PSI One Island City, The Dia Art Foundation and the 92 Street Y. Her installations have been seen at The National Cathedral in DC, The Dalton Art center in Ohio. and at the Science and Art Museum in Minnesota. She has toured internationally performing at the Kunsthalle in Basil Switzerland and the Rote Fabric. Recently Woods’ work was seen at the Senate Garage in Kingston, NY.

EVENTS RELATED TO THIS EXHIBITION

SAT, Aug 5, 4-7pm
Opening Reception

When two worlds meet they provide a third space. That space is Intermundia which, in its latin origin, is defined as the spaces between worlds where the gods reside.

Sat, Aug 19, 3pm
Artist Talk – S.B.Woods interviewed by Doreen Schmid, curator, writer, and professor

Our talk will take a comprehensive overview of Woods’s work, looking at how the balancing of rigor and freedom present in her earliest performances, and the meditative awareness in the meticulous weaving together of natural materials, reoccurs in her present work. Her reverence for the essence of things and their portal to spirituality will be discussed in light of her antecedents working with similar themes and vocabularies.

Doreen Schmid is a curator, writer and art history/English professor. Her curatorial work includes exhibitions for the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, the National Museum of Qatar, Bolinas Museum, the Napa Valley Museum, and Copia. She has written on the arts, architecture and food/wine/travel for publications including photograph, the LA Times, LensCulture, Avicenna, exposure, Time Out, Saveur, the NEA and Oxford University Press. She co-founded Subject Matters, a traveling exhibition service for socially conscious art. She has received fellowships and grants from the Vermont Studio Center, Emily Harvey Foundation, Anderson Center, Creative Work Fund, California Arts Council, and California College of the Arts. Her writing projects include a composite bio-fictional narrative contextualizing and interpreting how archival and familial photographs create a confluence of history and memory, time and image. She lives and teaches in Florence.

© S. B. Woods, Horse Hair – Sheep Wool Second Series – vi of vii, 2022, carded sheep’s wool and sewn horse hair, 30” x 25 1/2“

© S. B. Woods, Visitation, 2014, painting, 27.25″ 30.25

© S. B. Woods, Hawk, 2023, wax, burnt wood, dimensions vary

About the Artist

Performance has always informed Woods’ work. Beginning in the 1980’s in NYC, her work has evolved from pure movement interests as a solo performer to making the sets for her performances which included sculpture, sound and the use of text. 

Gallery Hours

• During  opening receptions 4-7pm

Regular Gallery Hours
Thursday 12-5
Friday-Saturday 12-6
Sunday 12-5
& Showing by Appointments
Closed Holidays

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