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Previous Exhibits

April 30–June 5, 2011
Ann Wood: Garnish

Frizzie Art
Surprise,2010
coyote decoys,
pom-poms, push pins,
fake butterflies, poured
foam, poured plastic
47 x 69 x 78 inches

Layer Cake,2011
taxidermy forms, poured
foam, poured plastic,
fake flowers, pom-poms,
push pins, fake flies
79 x 45 x 81 inches

Ann Wood: Garnish, a site-specific installation by this Galveston-based artist, will explore issues of attraction and repulsion, beauty and decay, seduction and perversion. Wood uses a variety of media in her installations including yarn pom poms, faux flora and fauna, puffy paint, rubber and sequins. Rich, cake-frosting colors entice the visitor to enter an environment that at the outset appears absurdly saccharine and serene. Closer inspection often reveals that not all is as cheerful or tranquil as expected, as black crows dissolve into puddles of inky goo, tree branches ooze, and fallen cherry blossoms and fuzz balls blanket the ground. Statements on environmental policy and man versus nature are not what the artist intends, although the processes of growth and decay are forefront in her work.


Swarm, 2011
fake butterflies, push pins, plastic,
Sharpie dimensions variable

Taking a cue from traditional Dutch and Spanish still-life (or “dead nature”) paintings, Wood precisely arranges each tableau to include elements of not only both the living and the dead, but the processes in between. “Nature and the food chain have always informed my work, as has the idea of attraction/repulsion and traditional beauty,” writes Wood. “However, the idea of being lured into a dangerous situation has become a new conceptual obsession of mine…. [I’ve] started to look more closely at the natural cycle of growth and decay that occurs around me every day.” The artist also alludes to this duality with the title “Garnish,” citing its meaning as adornment, decoration, or embellishment, but also its legal connotations of warning, the extortion of money or withholding of funds.


Gift #1, 2011
embroidery thread, scrapbook
paper, push pins, puffy paint,
and poured plastic on canvas
66 x 66 x 4 inches

Ann Wood was born in Sacramento, California and raised in Eureka. Wood received a BFA in Art with an emphasis on painting from California State University at Chico. She earned an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her work has been included in exhibitions at venues across Texas including the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art; Arthouse, and Women & Their Work, Austin; the Arlington Museum of Art; the University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery and San Antonio College Visual Arts Center Gallery. Recent one-person exhibitions of her work have been shown at Lawndale Art Center, Houston, and San Jacinto College South. The artist lives and works in Galveston.

Ann Wood: Garnish was organized by the Galveston Arts Center and is presented in conjunction with the 2011 Texas Biennial, an independent survey of contemporary Texas art.