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Stephanie J. Woods
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Presently I am working on a series of sculptures that explore concepts related to public and private spaces. Looking at the ways in which we adorn our bodies and interior spaces; what we choose to present and what we decide to hide.

My sculptures represent personal memories and experiences related to gender, identity, religion and domestic abuse. Though my work is rooted in African American culture, the questions I asks are universal; urging other to consider how American society accepts and enforce, gender roles, Christian mythology, and beauty standards as social norms.

To describe these concepts, I employ various media as needed. Sculpture, film, photography, collage, and installation interchangeably. Through the use of everyday items like styling gel, dresser mirrors, window cornices, synthetic hair weave, family photos, and makeup. I transform discarded and utilitarian objects, into examinations of sacred spaces and memories.

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