Jody Wood uses mediums of social practice, video, photography, and performance. Her recent work reimagines routines in poverty support agencies, aiming to sculpt power dynamics, relationship networks, and resist stigmas surrounding poverty. Her site-specific work has been supported by prestigious institutions including A Blade of Grass, Esopus Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, an ArtPlace America Initiative at McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and through residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Yaddo, and Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been on view at Parrish Museum of Art in Water Mill, NY; Vox Populi, in Philadelphia, PA; Rond-Point Projects in Marseille, France; The 8th Floor in NYC, and featured in publications such as The Atlantic, MSNBC, and The Huffington Post.

New Work produced in Sweden

Hunger (working title) is a new project by NYC-based artist Jody Wood that explores hunger as a chronic social and physical condition of a post-pandemic society. The interlinkage between physical and social malnourishment is inscribed in our neural pathways. Neuroscientists have found that longings for social interaction are neurologically similar to the food cravings people experience when hungry. Our need for social connection is often unspoken and even repressed as a less important, minor priority; however, the effect of social isolation on our bodies is tangible and physical.
As an artist working in the field of social practice, Wood aims to create artistic interventions that have a concrete impact on social problems. Using strategies of community reciprocity, the artist will respond to a growing, collective social hunger by launching a mobile clinic for social health in partnership with Elijah's Promise, a social service agency alleviating food insecurity in New Brunswick, New Jersey. By combining nutritional services with prolonged artistic interventions on social health, the notion of hunger will be addressed metaphysically, physically, and socially. Using the visual language of pop-up health centers in public space, Wood proposes social health as an urgent need, equally important as physical ailments. Wood will also partner with BKN AiR to launch the clinic for social health at Björkö Island, Sweden. The year-long cross-national project will culminate in two solo shows with Skövde Konstmuseum and Norrtälje Konsthall consisting of audiovisual installations and public engagements facilitated through the art institutions.

Studio 35
Dates: May - June, 2021

Exhibition planning, Skövde Art Museum
Date: TBD

Exhibition planning, Norrtälje Konsthall

Date: TBD

April 22-Sept 11th, 2022 Skovde Art Museum, Skovde, Sweden
October 8 - November 27th, 2022 Norrtälje Konsthall, Sweden