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Suné Woods

The Making of Aragonite Stars and Other Obsessions

What does it mean to learn to learn to love, to swim in unfamiliar waters? This talk by multimedia artist Suné Woods will consider the making of Aragonite Stars, her five-channel video installation recently featured in The Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. exhibition that contemplates our deep physical and cultural entanglements with water.

Water, as conduit, speaks to spiritually perceptible realms in which many indigenous mythologies are located. These traditions historically have been used to explain human relationships to water. Ecological shifts caused by global capitalism have endangered species that inhabit ocean waters and generations of cultures whose physical and spiritual existence rely on these waters. This talk will address how Woods’s varied waterscapes explore these issues as well as notions of intimacy.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Art’s Living Culture Initiative and the Visiting Artists Committee.

More about the speaker

Suné Woods is an artist living in Los Angeles whose work takes the form of video installations, photographs, and collage. Her practice, which examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories, uses intimate sites such as the family to understand larger sociological phenomena, imperialist mechanisms, and formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is emoted, guarded, and translated through the absence and presence of a physical body.

Currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, Woods has served as visiting faculty at CalArts and Vermont College of Fine Arts and organized lectures at land’s edge in Los Angeles. She has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work and been recognized with The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer.

Aragonite Stars

Aragonite Stars, 2018, sound, color, TRT 7 minutes five seconds, video still from five channel video installation, dimensions variable

Aragonite Stars

Aragonite Stars, 2018, sound, color, TRT 7 minutes five seconds, video still from five channel video installation, dimensions variable

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Suné Woods