Janis Woode had her first encounter with figurative wire sculpture at The Emily Carr College of Art and Design. She then graduated from the Clay and Textiles program at Capilano College in 1992.
Moving to Salt Spring Island in 2002, Woode discovered welding, and a whole new world of possibilities revealed itself. Various nursing jobs in the intervening years had exposed Woode to some of the most fascinating aspects of the human condition. “The downtown east side of Vancouver was truly an amazing source of inspiration. I don’t think most of us realize how fine the line is between sanity and insanity.”
Woode now plays with these metaphors as she reassigns old metal objects to depict profound human experiences. “The beauty lies in the fact that these experiences can be common to any of us. The emotions engendered by them are ones we have all at one time or another explored.” Her hope is that a common thread is recognised, a thread that connects us all as human beings.
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