Systems Colliding: All in Pieces
Fragmented (Orange), net imprint on paper, torn and collaged to canvas, 48 x 36 in., 2018
Photographs of Provincetown and the Province Lands
Herring Cove Bathhouse Provincetown, archival pigment print, 24 x 34 in., 2007
When systems collide, things get shaken up and threaten to become unhinged. Time-honored structures break apart, networks are torn, and the old order is disrupted. What to do with the broken pieces?
A destructive force, which is causing havoc, needs to be addressed physically. Since I had long been working with nets I produced large ink imprints of netting on paper, tore them up and affixed them to canvas in various ways. The net symbolizes social cohesion, the fissures feel real.fim Zhelezov
Provincetown is a jarring combination of natural beauty and thriving commercial enterprise. It is incongruous in its landscape and culture. Parts are so pristine that your eyes hurt with the raw beauty, but in summer it is sometimes so crazy with throngs of people that one can get lost and life can slip by quicker than sand in an hourglass. Two irreconcilable sides. Where the human and natural landscapes mingle to tell a unique story.
Whispers of Desire in an Animated Landscape
Stay, Walking in our Seas of Mist, acrylic on canvas, 25 ½ x 18 ¼ in.
Having lived in many different topographical landscapes, Crystal Woodward has developed a “Visual Language” approach for noting on paper, or on an earth ground, evanescent events of perception, “eureka” moments, and of weaving these into more complex reflections of shared and evolving experience. Poem fragments wiggle themselves into her drawings, superimpositions marry flesh and word, fine lines and colored volumes vie and unite in their puzzling over “What could this mean?”