An petite artist completely burst open a reflective space in the art gallery last week.
When I went back to take a peek at the progress, I was greeted by a drying paint puddle at the entrance. On first glance it looks like a heart, if you respect it, in the Latin sense, the etymological sense, then you look at it again, and you see her footprints.
This is the heart of Mind VS Hands that to 'look again'.
Seeing is one, revising is another, but really looking (re.specting) is a whole other activity which Inga Woods has demanded of us, even upon entering the space she has developed.
But she demands things so gently, that you would not notice.
Beauty has that ability. Woods harnesses it for her purposes. We could all benefit from doing the same.
I asked Inga, of course my general pedestrian thought process question, if she was presenting Mind VS Hands because she is a masseuse, "no" she said, "you know sometimes, when you have a vision and your hands, they are just not making what you have in mind?"
Yes, I responded. I am a weak drafts woman and I am all too acquainted with this phenomena.
"Well it's like that" she continued.
The pieces in Inga's display spill over from one genre to the next, show mass experimentation not only in concept but in media. She paints, sculpts fashions glass rods to crowns (which you may have seen at a Joris Hendricks fashion show) or trophies (which you might have seen on the news as Oceana awarded them to guardians of our seas and marine life).
This is what I admire most about Inga's journey, she does not shy away from technique, form, audience or ideas.
She works as she says in her "1 am to 4 am" when insomnia strikes. She knows how to reverse a bad situation into a creative one. She reminded me that she was "more interested in the response of the audience than in explaining a piece."
Woods will show her art but not explain it, because how we respond to it "sincerely, and without holding back" by "just being brutally honest!"as she says, is what she is really looking for.
Mind VS Hands is a young woman's journey through Belizean landscape and mindscape (if I am allowed to create a word of my own), through construction sites and a family of sisters, through poetry, emotions, hands and heart and mind. A look into her growth as a person, her development as an artist and I am honoured to have witnessed it.
Mind VS Hands was launched on October 17 at the Image Factory Art Gallery to a massive gathering of family, friends and fans.
The show will be on display until the end of the month.
also featured in Belize Times http://www.belizetimes.bz/2014/10/26/minds-vs-hands-art-by-inga-woods/