Grace Wood’s practice is sprawling and tangential. For Wood, the sourcing, splicing and recontextualisation of imagery found in virtual spaces is a process through which to explore the endless possibilities of access and dispersion online. Creating collage-based installations, Wood exploits the active status of the contemporary photographic document to examine the rapidly shifting idiosyncrasies of the Internet archive and art history more broadly. Wood’s practice dismantles photography’s strict mnemonic function, using found photographs, internet images, archival documents and iPhone snaps to alter archives and produce new narratives.
In There are no new waves, only the sea, Wood responds to the particularities of 2020, drawing out a number of metaphors to encapsulate heightened interest in ideas around illness and virus. Wood draws from the semantic multiplicity of terms that have come to define the rhythm of this year. Exploring the notion of waves and second wave, Wood draws analogy between ideas of contagion and the natural world to demonstrate the power of both as forces that engulf or drown.
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