Stephanie J. Woods

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Art

“My work fuses a relationship between fiber and digital technology to examine performative behavior and the cognitive effects of forced cultural assimilation. My research surveys the psychological impact of intergenerational trauma, the politicization of afro hair, and unravels the everyday coping devices and affirmations we establish to survive. In addition to fiber, I further explore these concepts by employing photography, video, sculpture, and community-engaged projects in my practice. My passion for interdisciplinary approaches and material language is evident through my cross-disciplinary collaborations, and the implementation of symbolic materials and imagery that examines domestic spaces, and alternative realities that reference Black American culture and the American South.” 

Woods’ is the recipient of several residencies and fellowships, including Black Rock Senegal, the Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, ACRE Residency, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency, and Penland School of Craft. Her work is featured in the permanent collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, located in Richmond, VA, and she has exhibited her work at Smack Mellon, located in Brooklyn, NY, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, also located in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, her work has been featured in BOMB Magazine, Art Papers, Burnaway, and the Boston Art Review.