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Stephanie J. Woods
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

I often expand upon conversations shared with my family and friends to examine the cognitive effects of cultural assimilation and systemic racism. Through the use of symbolic mediums referencing black American culture and the southern experience, my multi-media works examine our relationship to our cultural identity, and psychological well-being.

My body of work also questions how performance is ingrained in identity and tends to capture portraits of the figure that obscure one's appearance. These works are captured in and influenced by domestic spaces that allude to the preservation and erasure of the figure.

Generally, my photographic works are intermixed with textiles and ready-made objects giving them a painterly and sculptural feel. However, my sculptural installations invite participants to interact and become apart of the process through the use of collaborative outreach.

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