Clare Woods is predominantly concerned with landscapes, but she doesn't bother with merry little hillocks and cows looking over a gate. Instead, she goes in for wild, uncultivated places with a hint of pagan menace. One of her modus operandi is to go out late at night to some lonely wood or desolate scrubland and take photographs, not really knowing what she is capturing. Having been out in a lonely wood at night, I'm sure it's an exhilarating, terrifying way to work. Certainly, the results are uniquely wild and sinister, and, I think, extremely beautiful.
|Clare Woods strikes a pose.|
|Black Vomit (2008).|
|Bleeding Cross (2008)|
|The Spectacle (2007)|
|The Bloody Kernel (2011).|
|Thunder House (2011).|
'Carpenters Curve' was a work commissioned for the London Olympics (remember those?). The UK may not be as good as it was at promoting its phenomenal contribution to world art, but be was encouraged by this: it's a big, challenging abstract work by an exciting and original artist placed slap bang in front of a stadium visited by thousands and seen by billions.
My thanks to my friend and colleague Dolly Dolly for marking my card about Ms. Woods' work.