Vanessa Woods


 

Biography

Artist Statement

Woods’s 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 role a woman’s body goes through after having children, with an emphasis on physical erasure between bodies.



www.vanessawoods.com

Solo and 2-Person Exhibitions

  • 2020

    • Vestiges, Vanessa Woods and Josh Smith
      Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2018

    • Somewhere Between Here and There, Collages by Vanessa Woods
      Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 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

  • 2020

    • Creative Reverence
      Round Weather Gallery, Oakland, CA
    • Ineligible
      Museu Internacional Escultura Contemporanea, Santo Tirso, Portugal
  • 2019

    • Hot Love/Cold Facts
      Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
    • Elemental Construction
      Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
  • 2018

    • Light and Metal: Unique Photographs and Objects
      Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    • Paper Cuts: Large Scale Collage
      Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
    • Works on Paper Revisited Lehr Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
    • No Rhyme or Reason Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Face Forward, Image and Self Worth Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
  • 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

  • 2018

    • Being Human Parent Residency
      Palo Alto Art Center. Awarded Residency to develop artistic work and collaborate with parent artists.
  • 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 and Press

  • 2019

    • 50 Best Women Collagists
      Promopress Editions, Barcelona, Spain, February, 2019
  • 2018

    • Vanessa Woods at Jack Fischer
      by Max Blue, Square Cylinder, January 30, 2018
    • Editorial Recommendations: Vanessa Woods
      by Dewitt Cheng, Visual Art Source, February 2018
    • Vanessa Woods Interview
      Multi-Dimension + Collage, By Nara Collective, January, 2018
  • 2017

    • Vanessa Woods: Somewhere Between Here and There
      by Aline Smithson, Lensratch, November 6, 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.