Grace Wood, A Weird Kind of Fiction-Consumption, 2019, installation view at Lon Gallery.
Back in 2014, a team at MIT found that the human brain can process images in their entirety in a minuscule 13 milliseconds. We are swamped with visuals on the screens that we use for both work and leisure, and yet, in the works that Grace Wood creates by collaging images that seem like loose ends on a digital desktop, the eye slows.
In A Weird Kind of Fiction-Consumption we seek connections through form, repetition and colour; we search for narrative clues and scan our memories. Printed on canvas and crepe de chine, the collages are given depth by the varying perspectives layered within the print. In one work, a photograph of a doorway is the backdrop for a small aerial photograph of a river, an impressionistic painting, a pair of fleshy pink stockings and for rose quartz rocks to rain down on.
The composition of Wood’s works reference stylists’ mood boards and magazine layouts, but any transparent reading shrinks away as new details emerge: fleshy pink worms, women’s figures suspended in motion, a seemingly forgotten, blurry image of a goatherd. The works are built on feminism, they hint at online fetishes, of ritual collating and archiving. Displayed in the gallery space in a similar fashion to open windows on a computer, they lead the eye on, into the distance.