I use digital and handmade processes to make installations, works on paper, and textiles with a focus on digital Jacquard tapestries. The loom acts as a mediator between traditional and computerized technologies, offering a unique way to combine my online and offline experiences into images in cotton and wool.
By selecting iconography I find in painting traditions, conversations, and web searches, I aim to describe the quiet strangeness of the everyday through familiar symbols and compositions. Experiences of scrolling through websites, walking a familiar route, or listening to a ticking clock can be peaceful until habitual over-examination leads to thoughts of purpose, mortality, and control. To address this contradiction between calm and unease, images of the absurd (a clipart eyeball looking back at you) are combined with the picturesque (a symmetrically arranged bunch of flowers) into layered visuals. This process of collecting/altering creates a codified language of old and new symbols; familiar expressions are reconfigured to create new messages. My work is an investigation of shared experiences of media consumption, authorship, and how we participate in web-culture.
When so much of my life is spent connected to the screen, taking in pre-made content through various blogs and social media feeds, I feel as though I am conditioned to be a receiver, a listener, a sponge. By downloading sourced material and pressing ‘control+p,’ I have a way to hold the content in my hand. In taking steps to transform these experiences through weaving, I reclaim my position as speaker, as translator.
Allyce Wood received her MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in 2018. She originally hails from Seattle, USA where she graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010 with a BFA in printmaking and sculpture. In 2009 she studied Environmental Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art.
She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows locally and internationally in cities such as Seattle, Glasgow, Milan, Caracas, and Oslo. Wood is the gracious recipient of the City Artist Award, 4Culture GAP Grant, and City Art Walk Award in the USA, and the Diversestipend For Nyutdannede Kunstnere from the Arts Council Norway.