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Location: Charlotte, NC

Website: www.stephaniejwoods.com

Poetic Response: Stephanie Woods’ Art Challenges Racial Perception and Performance

http://bostonartreview.com/reviews/stephanie-woods-lavender-notes-provincetown/ “This exhibition review provides a conversation between the art of Stephanie J. Woods and the poetry of collaborator, Laura Neal. It is, in essence, an ekphrastic piece. Laura Neal wrote the featured poem, “We Are the Ones,” in response to an ongoing project by artist Stephanie J. Woods, titled, “Relax. Relate. Release.”(RRR). In this review, subjectivity and objectivity generate two distinctive voices that challenges duplicity and multiplicity, working to erase the line between truth and contradiction. This collaboration speaks to the impossible labor of transparency.”


Stephanie J. Woods is a Charlotte NC based artist creating textile, photography, and community- engaged projects. Through the use of symbolic mediums referencing black American culture and the southern experience, her multimedia works examine the cognitive effects of cultural assimilation, and how performance is ingrained in identity. Woods earned an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has attended several residences; including a seven-month visual artist fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, ACRE Residency, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency and Penland School of Crafts. She has served as faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, and in 2017 her work was notably recognized by the South Arts Fellowship, and NC. Arts Council Fellowship.