Kay Wood

Embedded within the paintings of Kay Wood is an engagement with the soft geometric fractals of the natural world, as well as the carving out of small contemplative spaces within the built environment. Detachment and connection, ironically, co-exist in the work as a whole.  In detaching from overt description, Kay seeks to pry loose an alterity of ‘knowing’ that is less about the imposition of ideas onto ‘things’ and more about connection.  This approach centres on allowing subconscious processes to influence the act of looking and making.  Kay’s work emerges as a result of engagement with her world wherein phenomena are explored for what they do not ‘say’ – the feeling of the invisible within the visible.  Surfaces are those things in which reflections of ourselves can be seen – in these works  painting occupies the space between reality and imagination and the surface of these works can be read as feelings.  At this level the work is a symbolic understanding of the metaphysical within all phenomena, even the most profoundly prosaic.

As per Corbin, the symbol announces a phase of consciousness distinct from rational evidence; it is the ‘cipher’ of a mystery, the only means of saying something that cannot be apprehended in any other way: a symbol is never explained, once and for all but must be deciphered over and over again, just as a musical score is never deciphered once and for all but calls for ever new execution which refutes knowing and embraces understanding and appreciation in the moment.  Kay sees her work as intersubjective and follows Umberto Eco’s ideas on ‘informal’ art,  in considering these works open in that they propose a wide range of interpretive possibilities and whose substantial indeterminacy allows for a number of possible readings, a constellation of elements that lend themselves to all sorts of reciprocal relationships.  Sometimes the titles refer to actual places, sometimes they are lines from songs, elsewhere as in the case of recent works Please Explain?, A Painting is Not a Megaphone and Youre Not the Boss of Me they are a wry comment on the perpetual Q & A between artist and inner-critic. Embedded within the work there is also a drive to counter the increasing consumption driven rationalism in the world and to find beauty in chaos.  Numbering of works is random, not algorithmic or chronological. Numbers may be related to places lived or used simply for their formal elegance. There is a refusal in these works to finish and to provide closure with a label.  To this extent and as per Umberto Ecos concept of openness, the  decision to leave arrangements of some constituents of a work to the public or to chance – means that the open work is an interactive process between artist, the work, the world, and the viewer.  They are offered up as visual poems.

Kay’s artistic influences range from Jean-Simeon Chardin, to Giorgio Morandi, Thomas Nozkowski, Gunter Forg, Jessica Stockholder and Amy Sillman (to name a few). Kay Wood studied at Sydney College of the Arts and has a BVA (Hons) and an MVA. She also has a BA (Hons) from Deakin University. Prior to her return to Perth in 2005 Kay had had fourteen solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions.

Curriculum Vitae

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Exhibitions

  • Wed 19 Aug - Wed 09 Sep 2020 'Expectation and Other Ironies' - Guest Artist Kay Wood

    STALA CONTEMPORARY proudly presents a solo exhibition of new paintings by Kay Wood, continuing her dichotomous exploration of abstraction and representation.  A gestural and expressive rawness permeates both her varied abstract motifs and the deliberately minimalised depictions of the figurative forms which sit companionably alongside them.

    Kay Wood studied at Sydney College of the Arts and has a BVA (Hons) and an MVA. She also has a BA (Hons) from Deakin University. Kay grew up in country Western Australia. Prior to her return to Perth in 2005 Kay had had fourteen solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions.

     


Works

KAY WOOD - And She Could Hear the Highway Breathing

KAY WOOD - And She Could Hear the Highway Breathing

acrylic on canvas 2020, 120 x 90cm

$1,800.00
KAY WOOD - And So You’re Back!

KAY WOOD - And So You’re Back!

acrylic on birch panel 2020, 30 x 25cm

$400.00
KAY WOOD - Celeste

KAY WOOD - Celeste

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 50 x 40cm 

$675.00
KAY WOOD - Expectations (25)

KAY WOOD - Expectations (25)

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 50 x 40cm

$675.00
KAY WOOD - Fallen Robins

KAY WOOD - Fallen Robins

acrylic on canvas 2020, 30 x 25cm

$400.00
KAY WOOD - Honey Steals Gold

KAY WOOD - Honey Steals Gold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 120 x 90cm

$1,800.00
KAY WOOD - January

KAY WOOD - January

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 60 x 50cm

$800.00
KAY WOOD - Joanne

KAY WOOD - Joanne

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 60 x 50cm 

$800.00
KAY WOOD - La, la, la

KAY WOOD - La, la, la

acrylic on canvas 2020, 25 x 20cm

$350.00
KAY WOOD - Louise

KAY WOOD - Louise

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 25 x 20cm

$375.00
KAY WOOD - Martha Lorraine (1)

KAY WOOD - Martha Lorraine (1)

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 60 x 50cm

$800.00
KAY WOOD - Moving Into the Universe

KAY WOOD - Moving Into the Universe

acrylic on canvas 2020, 150 x 120cm

$2,700.00
KAY WOOD - Now She's Starting to Rise

KAY WOOD - Now She's Starting to Rise

acrylic on canvas 2020, 120 x 90cm

$1,800.00
KAY WOOD - Oakwood

KAY WOOD - Oakwood

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 50 x 40cm

$675.00
KAY WOOD - On the Stairs to Phoenix

KAY WOOD - On the Stairs to Phoenix

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 50 x 40cm 

$675.00
KAY WOOD - Section 43

KAY WOOD - Section 43

acrylic on canvas 2020, 120 x 90cm

$1,800.00
KAY WOOD - Still Life (17)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (17)

acrylic on linen 2020, 30 x 30cm

$425.00
KAY WOOD - Still Life (24)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (24)

acrylic on canvas 2020, 30 x 25cm

$375.00
KAY WOOD - Still Life (41)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (41)

acrylic on linen 2020, 30 x 23cm

$400.00
KAY WOOD - Still Life (78)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (78)

acrylic on canvas 2020, 30 x 25cm

$375.00
KAY WOOD - Still Life (88)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (88)

acrylic on linen 2020, 40 x 30cm

$500.00
KAY WOOD - Stubborn Love

KAY WOOD - Stubborn Love

acrylic on linen 2020, 30 x 23cm

$400.00
KAY WOOD - The Authority Song

KAY WOOD - The Authority Song

acrylic on canvas 2020, 25 x 20cm

$350.00
KAY WOOD - Therese

KAY WOOD - Therese

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 30 x 25cm

$450.00
KAY WOOD - Torbay (1)

KAY WOOD - Torbay (1)

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 90 x 80cm

$1,550.00
KAY WOOD - Touch the Sky (1)

KAY WOOD - Touch the Sky (1)

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 90 x 80cm 

$1,550.00
KAY WOOD - Touch the Sky (2)

KAY WOOD - Touch the Sky (2)

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 90 x 80cm

$1,550.00
KAY WOOD - Wild Horses Couldn't

KAY WOOD - Wild Horses Couldn't

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 60 x 50cm

$800.00
KAY WOOD - You're Not the Boss of Me

KAY WOOD - You're Not the Boss of Me

acrylic on linen 2020, 30 x 23cm 

$400.00
KAY WOOD - A Painting is Not a Megaphone

KAY WOOD - A Painting is Not a Megaphone
sold

acrylic on linen 2020, 30 x 23cm

KAY WOOD - Cannister

KAY WOOD - Cannister
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 20 x 15cm

KAY WOOD - Carafe

KAY WOOD - Carafe
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 20 x 15cm

KAY WOOD - Cup

KAY WOOD - Cup
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 20 x 15cm

KAY WOOD - Expectations (37)

KAY WOOD - Expectations (37)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed) 50 x 40cm  

KAY WOOD - Guston Baby

KAY WOOD - Guston Baby
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 20 x 20cm

KAY WOOD - Here Comes the Sun

KAY WOOD - Here Comes the Sun
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 120 x 90cm 

KAY WOOD - Lemon Leaf

KAY WOOD - Lemon Leaf
sold

acrylic on linen 2020, 40 x 30cm

KAY WOOD - Please Explain

KAY WOOD - Please Explain
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 25 x 20cm 

KAY WOOD - So Long Marianne

KAY WOOD - So Long Marianne
sold

acyrlic on canvas 2020, (framed), 90 x 80cm

KAY WOOD - Still Life (12)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (12)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 25 x 20cm

KAY WOOD - Still Life (2)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (2)
sold

acrylic on linen 2020, 45 x 35cm

KAY WOOD - Still Life (23)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (23)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 25 x 20cm

KAY WOOD - Still Life (43)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (43)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 30 x 25cm

KAY WOOD - Still Life (5)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (5)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 20 x 20cm

KAY WOOD - Still Life (56)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (56)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, 25 x 20cm 

KAY WOOD - Still Life (58)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (58)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020 (framed), 30 x 25cm

KAY WOOD - Still Life (61)

KAY WOOD - Still Life (61)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 25 x 20cm

KAY WOOD - The Sounds of Silence

KAY WOOD - The Sounds of Silence
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed) 50 x 40cm

KAY WOOD - Torbay (2)

KAY WOOD - Torbay (2)
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 90 x 80cm  

KAY WOOD - You Can Call Me Al

KAY WOOD - You Can Call Me Al
sold

acrylic on canvas 2020, (framed), 50 x 40cm

STALA CONTEMPORARY

12 Cleaver St, WEST PERTH WA 6005

GALLERY HOURS (During Exhibitions):
Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Or by appointment

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