Grant Summary
Support for ongoing work.
Keywords
Artist Statement
I am obsessed with history, the archive and how the larger concept of history relates to issues of power and social control. My fascination began at a very young age with the original PBS broadcast of the Eyes on the Prize series. In the comfort of my mother’s lap, I learned about the Civil Rights Movement. A defining moment in my identity construction, finally, I had a context for the scar that still remains, even to this day, on my mother’s right hand—a smooth aberration that I found comforting when I used to hold her hand. Despite all of my questions years prior, I could really began to understand the origins of the scar—the result of an elderly white man assaulting my mother as a child when she dared to board a bus before him—through this visual tapestry at the intersection of history and cinema—public television—public memory—public art. Somehow, I managed, despite the spectacle of violence, to take away something powerful… I begin here.
  • Drinking Fountain #1, 2013- ongoing, Lauren Woods, Interactive New Media Monument. Photo by SMN PHX.

  • Drinking Fountain #1, 2013- ongoing, Lauren Woods, Interactive New Media Monument. Photo by Tom Fox.

  • As long as earth and sky last..., 2010, Lauren Woods, Billboard (Los Angeles, CA). Courtesy of the artist.

  • Empire Study #1, 2015, Lauren Woods, Digital photograph on metallic paper. Courtesy of Zhulong Gallery.