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Nicola Woods | 2015 CONTACT Photography Festival

Friday May 1st 2015 to Sunday June 7th 2015

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Arbor Vitae (Tree of Life)

Reception: Saturday May 2, 2015 6-9pm

Artist Talk + Tea: Saturday May 9, 2015 2pm

Proudly part of the CONTACT Photography Festival


In the exhibit Arbor Vitae (Tree of Life) Nicola Woods presents a series of illuminated photographs that reveals the mysterious beauty of trees. Using the circle as a framing device Woods both captures trees in their natural state and creates enigmatic montages. In some of the back-lit images Woods creates the appearance of stars, molecules and flows of energy by piercing tiny holes in the film and allowing pinpricks of light to shine through the image. The glowing appearance of the light-panels and the subject matter encourage the viewer to reflect on the tree as a form that shapes our physical environment and a symbol that ignites our imaginations.


Nicola Woods is visual artist working primarily in photography. Born in Sheffield, UK, she received a BFA (Hons) from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Johnson State College, Vermont (2002). Nicola has received several awards and grants including the Graduate Studio Arts Award from Johnson State College and a Residency Support Grant from the Vermont Studio Centre.

Nicola has participated in various solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA. She was an artist in residence at Can Serrat, Centro de Actividades Artisicas El Bruc,. Group exhibits include “Illuminating Developments: Images, Objects and the Use of Light” at the Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Brockport, NY, “Do Hands Make Us Human? at Hang Man gallery Toronto, and Photo-Op at the John B. Aird Gallery. In 2012 her work was on display at the Gladstone Hotel for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Her piece Body Memories 2 was included in the “Head of Orpheus” issue of POIESSIS: The Journal of Arts and Communication. In 2013 Nicola’s work was awarded 3rd prize in Photo Op: The 5th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at the John B Aird Gallery and she curated and participated in the 2013 & 2014 Photography Show at Gerrard Art Space gallery in Toronto.

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