Foreword by Andrew Marr
Texts by Michael Bracewell, Rebecca Daniels, Jennifer Higgie and Simon Martin
Published to coincide with the show ‘The Sleepers’ at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, and ahead of a series of important exhibitions and commissions, this beautifully designed and illustrated volume is the first monograph on Woods’ art. It presents all the major works from her career to date, from small-scale intimate paintings in oil and enamel to ambitious high-profile public commissions and architectural projects. The dynamic layout of the book, with a varied mix of close-up details and installation shots, gives the reader a strong sense of the diverse scale and immersive, push-pull nature of the work. Five prominent writers consider various aspects of Woods’ practice, including her painting technique and use of photographic source material; her engagement with the traditions of landscape and figurative art; her relationship with artistic forebears such as Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland and Eduardo Paolozzi; and the connections between her life and ever-evolving work.