It is present in almost everything I do. Observing nature and the environment, looking closely is important for artists. I also read books about art and do considerable research on art, artists and museums and galleries. Being an artist is a full time commitment for me and many artists. In addition I have 2 to 3 part time art teaching positions. The amount of hours I spend on art is more than a full time career. It is what I enjoy and often involves problem solving, testing, or experimentation.
What are you working on during your residency?
During my residency I am working on cyanotype prints on canvas and other fabrics. They are based on plumbing tools and hardware and are photograms. Some of the prints are also mixed media and can incorporate hand painting or images from handmade negatives.
How do you describe your artistic practice?
I work in various locations including my live-work studio in Boston, a small work area at my partner’s home, and currently at the residency studio. When I teach I sometimes do demos for students that may evolve into art pieces or series. I employ painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography for mixed media work – in varied combinations.
How do you spend your time when not working in the studio?
When not working in the studio or researching art related techniques, materials/tools, or exhibition opportunities and residencies + grants – I enjoy outdoor exercise such as hiking, bicycling, and swimming. I also enjoy cooking, reading, music, films, and of course museums + galleries.
How can we find you on social media and the web?
My website is www.jennwoodstudio.com. My Twitter handle is @jwoodart1