The Flowering Art of Ann Wood
Flowers, the companions of poets, romantics and of positive solitude are the most beloved & popular images posted and liked on social media. Don’t we love flowers?
“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
In times of abrupt change or unexpected circumstances, sensitive souls tend to catalyze and transform emotions beautifully into works of art, speaking to larger audiences and creating a potential for contemporary art to make a stand on the challenges we face as a civilization. And that is the case of the exquisite and delicate art of American sculpture artist Ann Wood.
Four years in the making, The Wall of Flowers has flourished from artist Ann Wood’s refreshed attention to nature and her desire to share her new art with artists, gardeners and other creatives around the world. Drawing from her family heritage and rural life in Iowa, the installation exists in real space and time, as a salon-style assemblage of 150 hand-made, botanical sculptures – on the internet, through many hundreds of posts of discrete objects and process work – and in the consciousness of Wood’s 131,000 Instagram followers.
She began the project with a single feather, which she cut out of paper, painted ever so delicately and shared on IG. And one-by-one, day after day—over three years’ time—Wood sculpted, painted and posted the exquisite likenesses of flowers, fruits, leaves and insects still common to the landscape of the American Midwest.
Through these “platforms” Wood shares a matrix of botanical inspiration in support of a collective re-connection to nature. In this age of ecological uncertainty, Ann Wood’s project The Wall of Flowers serves as a poignant, uplifting and restorative art experience, in the gallery and on the net.
“What is handmade evokes human touch, returning attention to a physical world.” – says Wood.
Born and raised in central Iowa, Ann Wood developed her artistry from the many skills related to rural craft traditions; learning to sew, embroider and build things, at a young age. Wood left rural Iowa, in 1983, to study sculpture and printmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, in 1987.
Her new show entitled “Royal Blue” opens at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Netherlands, June 2 to November 22, 2020.
Photography ©Ann Wood