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Esopus 23 (Spring 2016)

Artist’s Project: Jody Wood

By Jody Wood

This art-as-social-practice project by artist Jody Wood is related to her staging of two events in Kingston, New York, in the winter of 2016: One, Beauty in Transition, provided beauty services, including a hair wash, cut, color and/or style, to the homeless in the area; the other, Choreographing Care, consisted of a series of workshops and performances that addressed issues of compassion fatigue and secondhand trauma affecting caregivers and social workers. The project includes an 8 1/2" by 11" removable insert that can be filled out by readers and sent back to Wood. 

Supported by a New York Council for the Humanites Action Grant.

Jody Wood is a New York–based artist utilizing video, installation, performance, and community organization to engage with socially informed content. Her work has received grant support from Brooklyn Arts Council and residencies with Asian Arts Initiative, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2014, Wood was a Socially Engaged Art Fellow with A Blade of Grass, and she received a New York Council for the Humanities action grant in 2016 related to her project for this issue. Wood has presented her work internationally at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon; FIVAC Festival in Camaguey, Cuba; Socrates Sculpture Park in New York; Vox Populi in Philadelphia; and the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown in Sydney, Australia.