Saturday, July 25, 2009

24 Works on Paper Artists: Betty Wood

To give insight into the works included in the 24 Works on Paper exhibition, Ryan Pack has interviewed some of the participating artists about their work in the show. The exhibition continues through August 8 at IAO Gallery, 811 N Broadway in downtown OKC. It will then travel the state for a full year.

Betty Wood

How has society influenced your art? Are there any social implications in your piece?
Society has an influence on my art in that the public needs to be more aware of the implications of man's use/misuse of allthe earth's natural resources. The social implication is one of not only protecting the environment and its ecologicalconcerns, but one of creating an appreciation and preservation mindset in the public for the landscape.

If you could write an artist's statement for you piece, what would it be?
An artist's statement would be: As an artist, my interest in natural history, the environment, and its preservation, provides motivation for using nature's discarded items as collectibles in my design process. An urge to collect objects is my powerful, inborn passion. My love in experiencing the elements of twigs, feathers, leaves, makes me become part of the natural world. My intent is to focus the viewer's attention to this fleeting glimpse of nature as one travels thru the landscape. An unimaginable variety of colors, textures and combinations are presented as creative sources to the artist and observer.

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