During Wood’s art-centric travels above the Arctic Circle in September-November 2012, she amassed more than two hundred pages of journal entries, sketches, and studies of polar and subpolar environments. The exhibition is a unique window (or porthole, in this case) into the process of creative research: Wood’s journal will be on display alongside loose-leaf studies, photographs, works on paper, documentation of performance work in the field; the first finished works to result from the journey; and in-progress drafts for upcoming work.
Felt great to see so many things I'd been imagining come together. I was happy with the colors and wall text. We built those angled shelves from scratch, recessing one so we could display the journal (and a digital frame cycling through photographs of the pages) in the open, but not in a way that invited people to flip through it much.
I enjoyed attempting to curate the field notes and painting drafts in such a way that they'd get at the spirit of the places I splashed around in.