“In my sculpture, the viewer is confronted with the vulnerability and frailty of the body”
April Wood is a metalsmith living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA in Studio Art-Metals from Texas State University in San Marcos and her MFA from Towson University. She has exhibited her work locally and nationally.
She has been the recipient of many scholarships and grants, including three Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Awards (2009 – Sculpture, 2010 – Works on Paper, 2012 – Crafts), a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, a travel grant from the NEA, and the Art Department Graduate Student Fellowship at Towson University. Her work was published in the 2008 Metalsmith Exhibition in Print and was the cover and feature article of the Fall 2009 issue of Surface Design Journal.
“The mouth is what keeps the prison of our bodies sealed up tight…It’s the door to the body, the place where we greet the world, the parlor of great risk.” -Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
My work is an exploration of such a space. In my sculpture, the viewer is confronted with the vulnerability and frailty of the body as well as the violence inherent in consumption and digestion. My material choices are designed to both attract and repulse, highlighting the beauty intrinsic in the visceral, the convergence of interior and exterior, and the connection between nourishment and sensual arousal. In an age of fast food, TV dinners, and disposable silverware, I create artwork that has a sense of history, sensuality, and a direct connection to the physicality of the human experience.