Emily Wood has been exhibiting her work like nobody's business — at the Heights Gallery, the Arkansas Arts Center, in El Dorado, at Hot Springs, Pine Bluff — in the past 12 months. Now, UALR is the venue, for her master's thesis exhibition, "Posted and Painted," which opened today. The work takes its inspiration from Facebook: She's painted, on the homely surface of wood, photographs posted on the social media website, to make the distinction between images created by mechanical digits and human ones.
It's an interesting concept, but here's a thought: What about the enormous difference between portraits painted from photographs and those painted from life? Wood's portraits (is she making a pun by working on wood?) have gesture and mood, but their frozen-in-a-lens subjects are static. Not a criticism; just a thought. Yours?
Wood was one of six 2011 Women to Watch nominees in Arkansas for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The show runs through April 21.