Artist: Suné Woods
Title: decoy
Year: 2016
Materials: Photo Collage


In “touching (a)part,” the first reading convened for “Words on Paper,” Suné Woods evokes the spirit of Mfon Essien, a photographer who died after an honest battle with breast cancer. The artist’s insistence upon being present and expressive as a whole person, in light of her mastectomy and progressing illness, stands emblematic in Woods’ project that examines the mechanisms whereby language is transmuted through the physical body. The interplay of absence and presence as animated in a collage composed of fragments activates an audience’s associative powers. The physicality of the work, operating at the scale of the standing audience, is excited through the variety of textures/saturation levels/legibility/comedy/distress of the component images: a crumpled print of a heron taking flight; a man in a swimsuit diving toward a fleeing waterfowl; a keyed-up, abstract, food-ish image that partially obscures a “come-hither” portrait of a partially nude women with one nipple shining like a star. With its title, “decoy,” (2016) Woods gestures towards her carefully improvised lure of a image, asks us to be caught up in a moment of simultaneous fight and flight.

– Sara Ellen Fowler


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Suné Woods
About The Author
- Suné Woods is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of multi-channel video installations, photographs, and collage. Woods practice examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories. She also uses microsomal sites such as family to understand larger sociological phenomenon, imperialist mechanisms, & formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is emoted, guarded, and translated through the absence/presence of a physical body. She has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work. Woods is a recipient of the Visions from the New California initiative, The John Gutmann Fellowship Award, and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer. Woods has served as Visiting Faculty in the CalArts Photography & Media Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts Visual Art Program, and has mentored fellows and organized lectures with at land’s edge, an experimental platform for visual research and catalyst for decolonial thought and action in Los Angeles.