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Augusta Wood

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Augusta Wood explores the persistence of memory, and the ways in which imagery and text can interact to shape meaning of experience. Her photographs serve both as documents of existing spaces and as constructions in which she inserts the markings of words. Wood incorporates phrases selected from a personal archive that combines her own poignant remarks and texts published by others. In scenes that are both true and fictional, the multiple role of the artist – author, director, collaborator – gains a heightened attention and ambiguity, drawing on the diverse work of Italo Calvino, Roland Barthes, Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger. Her latest series I have only what I remember (2009) investigates further the ways photography can elicit meaning from the personal archive that is memory. Revisiting the center of her early life, Wood projects into the empty rooms of her grandparents’ former home multiple, overlapping family snapshots of the artifacts, figures, and circumstances that shaped her past experiences, and thus, her present memories. As constructions of the documented past, Wood’s photographs urge us to recall for ourselves the former presence of rooms and relationships that shape our current selves.

Augusta Wood received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union, New York and her M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles. Wood has exhibited at China Art Objects, Los Angeles; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; and The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California. Her work has been featured in Artweek, The Los Angeles Times, and Black Clock. Her upcoming group exhibitions include I Am Not So Different at Art Palace in Austin, Texas; Baker’s Dozen at the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California; and a solo exhibition at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, in 2010. Wood lives and works in Los Angeles.