BAHM: 2.2.17 Suné Woods
Suné Woods is a contemporary LA-based artist who works in collage, photography and video installation, all fitting mediums for expressing instances of rupture and fragmentation, familial history and the coalescence of organic and inorganic worlds. Her collages piece together photographed hands of black barbers, found documentary/ethnographic images and splices of plants and animals, sometimes crumbled or torn and flecked with bits of bright color. The “conjuring” of the body in these collages is suggested by protruding hand gestures that explore sensory details through touch.
Her MFA thesis, a series of black and white images entitled, Bountiful Darkness, explores a history of sexual violence in the South through portraits of African American and White female subjects donning the same eyelet dress. There is an implied trauma inscribed on the bodies, as they exist in these natural albeit hostile landscapes. “I reference historical events in order to analyze my relationship to the body in rural places. The works are my attempt to reclaim spaces where resistance and violence were plentiful."
Woods earned her MFA in Photography from CCA. She was the recent recipient of the BAUM Award for an Emerging American Photographer and had a solo show at SF Camerawork where she participated in the Storytellers Lecture Series. She shared a couple of influential pieces of writing, Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed and Slyvia Wynter’s On Being Human as Praxis. Woods was the 2016 Light Work Artist-in-Residence.
Preview of To Sleep with Terra, multi- channel video installation.
Artist Talk with Papillion Gallery, LA.