We had the good fortune of connecting with Eve Wood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eve, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I think it’s easy, especially now given the climate of fear we are accustomed to within this country, to feel despondent and hopeless, but I have always felt that the desire to create anything, whether it be a poem, a drawing, a garden, a good meal or a peaceful march against injustice — these are the things that keep us alive and current with the world. There is always more to learn and new ways to grow, and I think of the weed extending its slender body up from the pavement. Nature is not defeatist and we are sprung from nature, therefore we have a responsibility to her and to ourselves.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My drawings and paintings are explorations into the human psyche, fractured and fragmented as it is. Often in my work there is a conflation of man and animal, a transmutation of sorts as though the two elements were opposites, and indeed, considering our destruction of the natural world, we are now at odds with nature. I am most proud of my committment to working with injured birds and often these creatures make their way into a painting or two. I got to where I am today (which I’m still unsure of where that actually is!) by heeding the words of a friend and fellow artist John Sonsini who once told me to “never stand at the window gazing down at the world below for too long, because it takes you away from the world you are building inside yourself.” I always tell my students, it doesn’t matter what other people are saying or doing, the kind of work that is in vogue — that will never serve you — but try to unearth your own gold and you will shine, simply because you’ve been true to yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to a few museums and galleries I find of interest, specifically, The Underground Museum in LA, Roberts Projects that has a great stable of artists and fantastic shows, the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, a museum that showcases art as it relates to history and science. I would take them to a horse show at the Equestrian Center in Burbank and perhaps get to visit some horses up close and personal. I would take them to my yoga studio Rising Lotus for some downward dogs and then a beer afterward at The Village in Studio City
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a friend, Claudia Parducci, a wonderfully talented artist and a good friend. She has fasciliated my having a solo show at a gallery at Bergamot Station as well as opening the doors of her studio on more than one occasion so that i might host an open studio and raise money so I could travel to Europe for the first time. She is a bright star for sure in my life and I am grateful for her friendship.
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