Jody Wood / New York City, NY, USA
Jody Wood’s work is time-and performance-based, utilizing video, installation, performance, and community organizing to address socially charged topics. Working one-on-one with members of her community, her work aims to collaboratively uncover and meaningfully interpret transitional experiences such as death, trauma, and social isolation. Her work has been honored with grant support from New York Council for the Humanities, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, and residencies with Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and McColl Center for Art + Innovation. In 2014, she was a Socially Engaged Art Fellow with A Blade of Grass. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and featured in publications such as The Atlantic, Hyperallergic, and MSNBC.
While at SFAI I began working on a experimental video project connecting the psychological processes of emotional sublimation with energy conversion. The video is largely a poetic exploration but my research began to tap into the larger movement toward clean energy and the charged emotions evoked by land, air, and water rights. I discovered that tension between economic concerns and environmental preservation led to an impasse between the two with a paralysis of movement embedded deep inside layers of bureaucratic hierarchies. In this context, I find it interesting to use the alchemic process of emotional sublimation as a way to jump into the hidden emotions in this debate.