Work > Vestiges 2019-Present

Each One of Us Was Fastened to the Other
49 Panel Collage from Original Photographs
44 x 44 inches
2020
Untitled 6
Unique Collage from Original Photographs
22.25 x 16.25 inches
2022
Untitled 5
Unique Collage from Original Photographs
22.25 x 16.25
2022
Assembling
Unique Collage from Original Photographs
11 x 8.5 inches
2021
Made/Remade
Unique Collage from Original Photographs
11 x 8.5 inches
2021
Untitled 3
Unique Collage from Original Photographs
22.25 x 16.25 inches
2022
Form Study # 13
Silver Gelatin Print
8 x 10 Inches
2020
Boxed
Silver Gelatin Contact Print from Paper Negative and Photogram
14 x 11 inches
2021
The Shape of Things
Unique Collage from Original Photographs
11 x 8.5 inches
2021
Reassembling
Unique Collage from Original Photographs
11 x 8.5 inches
2021
Form Study # 18
Silver Gelatin Print
8 x 10 Inches
2020
Yours/Mine
Silver Gelatin Diptych Print
20 x 32 inches
2022
Form Study # 15
Silver Gelatin Print
8 x 10 Inches
2020
Form Study # 16
Silver Gelatin Print
8 x 10 Inches
2020
Unfurl
Unique Collage from Original Photographs
11 x 8.5 inches
2021
Form Study # 1
Silver Gelatin Print
8 x 10 Inches
2020
Form Study # 14
Silver Gelatin Print
11 x 17 Inches
2020

Vanessa Woods uses the birth of her children as the genesis for Vestiges (2017–), an ongoing, multidisciplinary project exploring the maternal body and experience of motherhood. Her photographs, photograms, photographic collages, artist books, sculpture, and 16mm film interrogate fundamental questions about the complexities of motherhood, with its profound connections to identity, boundaries, and mortality. Vestiges is informed by anthropologist Dana Raphael’s idea of “matrescence” from Being Female: Reproduction, Power, and Change (1975), a term that offers a nuanced reading of the transition to motherhood and the wide-ranging psychological and physical changes brought on by this change. Woods investigates one mother’s tensions and paradoxes while reflecting on the equivocal journey of the maternal body itself. Her project examines how the maternal perspective can inform or reshape the current discourse around identity and gender in contemporary art.