Floating Constructions by Vanessa Woods
16″x20″; silver gelatin print; 2023. Courtesy of the artist.


Vanessa Woods: lacuna

at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, California, USA
22 June-27 July 2024

“lacuna” is Vanessa Woods’ first exhibition at Jack Fischer Gallery to feature 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works including photographs, collages, casts, and plaster sculptures that interrogate the malleability of motherhood. In “lacuna”, Woods shows a body turned inside out and remade through her children’s bodies while also probing the gaps and conflicts of maternal experience.

Vestiges 44 by Vanessa Woods
17″x14″; collage; 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

The work in “lacuna” is highly iterative and shows evidence of being made and remade. Like motherhood itself, the work is continually remixed and rebuilt. Bodies are multiplied and erased through extensive layering, fragmentation, and re-photography. Figures and forms combine, break, grow, shrink, and reassemble. Blank plaster fragments, used as sculptural elements throughout the exhibition, function as lacunae—unfilled gaps or intervals—that become the unwritten spaces in which the mother’s identity can be rewritten. Woods’ hybrid approach to image-making in lacuna illuminates the pliancy of maternal experience, showcasing how maternal perspective can expand the discourse around identity and gender in contemporary art.

(text adapted from material provided by the gallery)


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