SELECTED IMAGE FOR GALLERY SHOWING ABOVE – FULL ROLL BELOW
ABOUT THE SELECTED IMAGE: When I set out to do this project, I started taking pictures of things I saw around me on a regular basis. I noticed that as I looked through the viewfinder at these everyday, mundane things (the house across the street, the building outside my studio window), they were transformed into something “worthy” of a picture. However, I found that I had a strong desire to “decorate” what I saw through the viewfinder. This is my normal mode of operation, and so it seemed only natural to start including frilly paper and cutouts in the pictures. I chose this particular picture because one of the first things I think of when I think of Galveston is (of course) the beach. But it’s also something that I forget to appreciate as I drive by it every day.
Ann Wood is a professional artist who lives and works in Galveston. She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from California State University, Chico. During Hurricane Ike, her entire studio was flooded with 9 feet of water—her studio is now on the second floor! Wood’s work includes sculpture and painting, and involves immediate and dramatic environments/installation. Her work has a Rococo visual appeal and references topiary floral bouquets, desserts, and the ideas of nurturing and gift-giving but they also have a disturbing underbelly—there are both hidden and obvious vignettes of danger, death, deception, and decay woven throughout. She has shown her work throughout Texas at esteemed venues including The Galveston Arts Center, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Anya Tish Gallery in Houston, and Women and Their Work in Austin. Her husband, a professor at UTMB, and two children plan to call Galveston home for a very long time.