Vanessa Woods


 

Biography

Woods graduated with an MFA with honors, from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally including Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, 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. www.vanessawoods.com



Artist Statement

Woods’s collages utilize subversive 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, etc. In each piece she creates, the original image is decontextualized through the act of cutting and it’s meaning re-contextualized through new associations. For example, the draped red fabric in Rubens’s Venus and Adonis might become a bundled head on the body of an ancient Aegean sculpture. By imposing new meanings onto visual material intended for mass consumption, collage provides a means to examine and critique our image-saturated world. In her current body of work, titled Emic/Etic, invented idols, imagined rituals, and reconfigured symbols serve to create new mythologies that collapse internal (emic) and external (etic) orders of classification.



www.vanessawoods.com

Solo and 2-Person Exhibitions

  • 2017

    • Echo Poems, Collages by Catie O’Leary and Vanessa Woods
      Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2016

    • Emic/Etic: Collage by Vanessa Woods
      a.Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013

    • The Back of Beyond: Works by Vanessa Woods
      Pool Art Center Gallery, Drury University, Springfield, MO
  • 2011

    • Mythologies, Galley Visio
      University of Missouri—Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO
  • 2009

    • USA Meets Regensburg: Films, Photography and Live Music
      Kino Akademiesalon, Regensburg, Germany
  • 2004

    • The Altered Lens: Photographic Works
      Lerner Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    • Alt Left, Local Treasures
      Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA
    • Marvelous
      An International Exhibition of Collage, Sebastopol, CA
  • 2016

    • Metamorphic: Collage in the Dada/Surrealist Tradition
      Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
    • Hybrid Collage Show
      Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA
    • Connect and Collect
      San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
  • 2015

    • Collagistas
      Taabya Art Space, Thessalonki, Greece
    • Hybrid Collage Show
      a.Muse gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Connect and Collect
      San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
  • 2013

    • Connect and Collect
      San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
  • 2012

    • ZERO1 Biennial
      San Jose CA
    • 50-50 IV
      Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
    • Axis Gallery 7th Annual Juried Exhibition
      Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA (Juror, Aspara DiQuinzio, SF MOMA, San Francisco)
    • 4 x 4: Four Months/Four Video Artists
      The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
    • Nightlight
      Somarts, San Francisco, CA
    • Connect and Collect
      San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
  • 2011 Dreams

    • The Center for Fine Art Photography
      Fort Collins, CO
    • 50-50 III
      Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
    • Mix It Up Media
      Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
    • The Altered Book Show
      Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin, CA
  • 2010

    • Glimpses in Time, 2010
      Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA, Creativity Award
    • The Lens Based Image
      Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, GA
    • Taste: A Garden of Earthy Delights
      Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Intersection
      21 Grand Artists Gallery, Oakland, CA
    • Photowork 10
      Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY (Juror Nat Trotman, Guggenhiem Museum of Art, NY)
  • 2009

    • The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art Annual Fall Art Exhibition and Auction
      San Jose, CA
  • 2009

    • The Annual Monotype Marathon Print Exhibition
      San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
    • Hypnagogia
      Anon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008

    • Small Works Will
      Small Works Well, Barnard College, New York, NY
    • Vital Signs
      Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
    • The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art Annual Fall Art Exhibition and Auction
      San Jose, CA
    • Headlands Graduate Fellow Exhibition
      Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
    • The Annual Monotype Marathon Print Exhibition
      San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
  • 2007

    • Introductions
      Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Wunderkammer
      Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA
    • Vernissage: MFA Graduate Exhibition
      Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
    • Parables of Isolation: Rubric Experimental Video Exhibition
      Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
    • SFAI Now
      Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006

    • The Moving Picture Show
      Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Immediate Future, Murphy and Codogan Fellowship Award Show
      San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
    • Big Deal
      Soma Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Convergence
      Tollhouse Art Center, Kirkcudbright, Scotland
    • Upgrade: Photographic Works, Paintings and Films
      Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Obsession
      Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France
  • 2005

    • Distillations
      Institut Franco-Americain, Rennes, France
  • 2004

    • Cultural Salvage
      Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France
    • Pedestrian
      Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Bronx, NY
  • 2003

    • Is, Was, Will Be
      The Maria Bismark Foundation Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2001

    • 25th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition
      The National Arts Club Gallery, New York, NY
    • Thesis Exhibition
      Barnard College, New York, NY
  • 2000

    • Identity
      Postcrypt Art Gallery, New York, NY

Grants and Awards

  • 2017

    • Kala Parents Residency
      Award Residency to create large scale works and original book.
  • 2008

    • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Artist Residency, December, 2008.
    • Djerassi Artist Residency.
      Awarded artist residency to create the film The Mansion of Happiness, April-May, 2008.
  • 2007

    • Ella King Torrey Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts.
      Honored as best graduating MFA student in the 2007 San Francisco Art Institute class.
  • 2007

    • James Broughton Award.
      Awarded film grant from the San Francisco Art Institute for creativity in filmmaking.
    • Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Studio Award.
      Awarded one-year studio residency at Headlands Center for the Arts for pursuit of artistic work begun in graduate school.
    • San Francisco Art Institute MFA Film Fellowship.
      Selected as finest MFA film applicant and awarded full tuition scholarship to attend the San Francisco Art Institute graduate film program, September, 2005-May, 2007.
  • 2006

    • Murphy & Codogan Fellowship for Film
      San Francisco Arts Commission, August, 2006
    • MacDowell Colony Residency.
      Awarded artist residency to create the film Five Cents a Peek, June-July, 2006.
    • Film Arts Foundation Personal Works Grant.
      Awarded grant towards completion of the documentary film Mimita, August, 2006
  • 2005

    • Pont-Aven Artist in Residency Program.
      Awarded artist residency to create the film Souffle sur le Miroir, May 1-August 31, 2005
  • 2001

    • Bernard Hans Hessel Memorial Award for The Cartographer’s Memory
      National Arts Club 25th Annual Art Show
    • Time Grant for Outstanding Visual Art from Barnard College
  • 2000

    • Exceptional Artist Scholarship to attend Rhode Island School of Design Summer Program in France
  • 1999

    • Patricia Layman Bazelon Scholarship from The International Center of Photography

Publications

  • 2017

    • Making the Cut
      The World’s Best Collage Artists, Volume One, Crooks Press, Melbourne, Australia, March, 2017
    • An Evening with Baphomet
      Super Classy Publishing, January 2017
    • Mekanik Copulaire Volume 9
      Strasburg, France, January 2017
  • 2016

    • The Knight and the Cart
      Super Classy Publishing, September 2016
    • Emic/Etic
      Super Classy Publishing, May 2016
  • 2015

    • Catamaran Literary Reader
      Issue 8, Winter Issue, 2015
  • 2015

    • Women Arts Quarterly Journal
      Volume 2, Issue 8, Winter, 2015
  • 2014

    • Kolaj Magazine
      Issue 10, Featured Artist, Fall-Winter, 2014
  • 2012

    • Women Arts Quarterly Journal
      Volume 2, Issue 3, Summer 2012
  • 2011

    • Women Arts Quarterly Journal
      Volume 1, Winter 2011
  • 2009

    • The Mansion of Happiness Studies #1-3
      Bird Dog, Volume 10. Seattle, WA. Winter, 2009.
  • 2007

    • The Touch
      The Journal of Short Film, Volume 6. Columbus, OH. January, 2007. http://www.thejsf.org/
  • 2006

    • Convergence Exhibition Catalogue
      Tollhouse Art Center, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. June, 2006

Collections

  • The Center for Fine Art Photography
    Fort Collins, CO

Education

  • 2007

    • MFA, Film/Photography: With Honors
      San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2001

    • BA, Art History and Visual Arts: Cum Laude
      Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY.