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CURTIS WOODY

CURTIS WOODY

Artist Work

Get These Blues Off Of Me
2014
Mixed Media
32"x40"
Us Women Of Color
2013
Mixed Media
32"x40"
Play Ball
2013
Mixed Media
32"x40"
The Things I Want To Know Are In Books
2013
Mixed Media
32"x40"
Blues Overdose
2014
Mixed Media
32"x40"
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
2014
Mixed Media
32"x40"

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Phone
3013502862
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
2016

Artist Statement

As a visual artist, I get to play around with boundless visual elements I can gather and juxtapose them to give me and the viewer particular reference points to elicit something perceptive in our visual memories. With these elements I have created a series which I refer to as “quilt paintings”. I begin each painting with a geometric vocabulary of hand-cut museum board blocks. The block grid is the conceptual underpinning of each quilt painting. I create these paintings with the understanding that each block has a life of its own. Some are painted with gesso or modeling paste for a raised surface. Other important elements of the paintings are the colors. My challenge is to create an arrangement of colors that have contrast yet blend together. I approach my art with great honesty. My goal is not to pre-plan the end results, rather to let the feelings and the emotions of the overall design dictate how each block fit together. Mediums may include acrylic, pastel, graphite, texture crackle or clay paint. I incorporate beads, rope, paper, grommets, fabric, hot glue and various other objects while constructing the blocks. Inspiration comes from many sources. I incorporate images of Adinkra symbols, the Bassa alphabets of Liberia and small segments of authentic slave narratives. Other sources of inspiration are from early 19th century quilt makers. Some replicas of old newspaper advertisements, articles, messages and photographs occasionally accentuate the compositions while adding a symbolic richness to the paintings. The meaning of the attached elements often becomes clearer to me as they are assembled. Because of the multi-layering it is my expectation that the creations offer a powerful, spiritual, sensitive ongoing experience and at times are biting commentary.

Artist Bio

Mixed Media Quilt Painting by Curtis G. Woody

The beauty of mixed media art is the flexibility it offers to start with things around you and expand from there. As a mixed media painter, I juxtapose these visual elements into a language of moods and reactions that allow for the viewer’s own interpretations. The paintings starts with hand cut museum board blocks that are painted, embellished, scratched and merged together to form what I term “mixed media quilt paintings”. My goal is not to pre-plan the end results, rather to let the feelings and emotions of the overall design dictate how each block fit together. I allow the colors, patterns and textures to direct the composition. Mediums may include acrylics, pastel, graphite, texture crackle, watercolor or clay paint. I incorporate beads, rope, paper, grommets, fabric, hot glue and various other objects while constructing the blocks. Some replicas of vintage newspaper advertisements, articles, messages and photographs occasionally accentuate the compositions while adding a symbolic richness to the paintings. The meaning of the attached elements often becomes clearer to me as they are assembled. The result is a continual search for balance between spontaneity and historical relevance. Because of the multi-layering it is my expectation that the creation becomes a thoughtful, spiritual, interesting, sensitive and ongoing experience for the viewer.

Curtis Woody
301-350-2862
cwdotman@yahoo.com
www.curtiswoody.com