Josephine Wood’s paintings have evolved from an ongoing practice including drawing, video and performance, in which she has explored hedonism and sexuality. She will be exhibiting older paintings on paper at Punk&Sheep.
Some of her paintings are rude, the characters depicted flaunt their sexuality and face the viewer as if to confront us with our own primal urges. The paint is slashed on in a measured and confident brutalist manner, piling on swathes of primal colour which allow the images take on an animistic life form of it's own.
“My primary sources are amateur photographs from the Internet, I collage different images together as I paint. I am interested in animating these dead flat downgraded images through the process of painting and they take on another 'spirit' not evident in the original images. The paintings would be very different if they were from life, because the sitter’s presence or personality would come through. Using found imagery allows me to create more of a fantasy.”
Josephine Wood lives and works in London and exhibited her work and performances in the UK and internationally including: Whitechapel Art Gallery, Royal Academy of Art, Ghent, Vitrine Gallery, London, Supermarket Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh & Elevator Gallery, London.