MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2012
Artist Statement“The mouth is what keeps the prison of our bodies sealed up tight…It’s the door to the body, the place where we greet the world, the parlor of great risk.” Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses Sculptor and metalsmith April Wood’s work is an exploration of this tenuous and provocative space. In her work, the viewer is confronted with the vulnerability and frailty of the body as well as the violence inherent in consumption and digestion. Her material choices are designed to both attract and repulse, highlighting the beauty intrinsic in the visceral, the convergence of interior and exterior, and the connection between nourishment and sensual arousal. In an age of fast food, TV dinners, and disposable silverware, Wood creates artwork that has a sense of history, sensuality, and a direct connection to the physicality of the human experience.
April Wood is a metalsmith living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA in Studio Art-Metals from Texas State University in San Marcos and her MFA from Towson University. She has exhibited her work locally and nationally. Her work is currently in a traveling exhibition of contemporary feminist art entitled A Complex Weave which has shown at the Stedman Gallery at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ and the Center for the Arts Gallery at Towson University and will be touring the country through 2012. Other exhibitions she has been a part of include an exhibition of fine art jewelry at the Walters Art Museum located in Baltimore, Fine Contemporary Craft at ArtSpace in Raleigh, NC, which was juried by renowned fiber artist Susan Brandeis, and 10 x 10 (Broochless) and Next + Now, both at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. She has been the recipient of many scholarships and grants, including two Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Awards (2009 – Sculpture, 2010 - Works on Paper), a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, a travel grant from the NEA, and the Art Department Graduate Student Fellowship at Towson University. Her work was published in the 2008 Metalsmith Exhibition in Print and was recently the cover and feature article of the Fall 2009 issue of Surface Design Journal.