Sune Woods

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Artist Statement

“A Feeling Like Chaos” is a two-channel video projection attempting to make sense of a continuum of ecological disaster, disease, fear, and political systems that sanction violence towards its citizens. The characters in the work take on roles such as conjurer, guerilla, or wandering sage. I am invested in tangible interactions between people and how one maintains intimacy during turbulent social climates. “Our deepest knowledge is found in the erotic”, says Audre Lorde in her essay, The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power.  For me, the power of eros holds a source of knowledge and intelligence which I see as a way to re-imagine belief systems and has emancipatory potential for those who access it.  The video lives within my body of work, “To Sleep With Terra,” along with photo collage and works on paper.

The Emerging Artist Grant would be pivotal to my art practice, as it would allow me to further probe questions concerning intimacy.  This fellowship award would also afford me the intellectual and creative space in expanded time that I often do not have in my everyday life as a parent.  On a very practical level, it would assist me with research materials and equipment for my practice.  This award would directly help me to continue to make meaningful work addressing contemporary issues that are important to me.


Lives and works in Los Angeles


MFA California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2010

BFA University of Miami, Coral Gables, 1997.

Exhibition Record


To Sleep With Terra, Papillion, Los Angeles

Nadar, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles


Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Female Subjects, curated by crystal am nelson,

Center of Sex & Culture, San Francisco

Video Art Residency, Papillion, Los Angeles


The Familiar Unfamiliar, curated by MHM, Casa Agave, Wonder Valley

Wunderkammer: Minatures & Curiousities, Koplin Del Rio, Los Angeles


Underexposed, curated by Mark S. Greenfield, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

Movin’ On Up: Black Art Now, curated by Julian Bermudez, KPCC, Los Angeles

Self-Possessed: Examining Identity in the 21st Century, Koplin Del Rio, Los Angeles

Between Truth and Fiction: Pictorial Narratives, Koplin Del Rio, Los Angeles

Visions from the New California Exhibition, curated by Mark S. Greenfield, 18th

Street Art Center, Santa Monica

Artist Tower of Protest, curated by Cesar Garcia, Los Angeles


CREAM, curated by Kathryn Weller Renfrow, The Performance Art Institute, San Francisco

770 Show, curated by Arden Sherman, Adobe Books, San Francisco


Hangin’ Together, curated by Kerry James Marshall, Koplin Del Rio, Culver City

Everyday Mystics, curated by Kim Anno, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco

Hearsay of the Sun, Queens Nails Projects, San Francisco

MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

bountiful darkness, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco


Immediate Future: The 2009 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts,

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco.


Light Work, 2016 (upcoming)

Center for Photography at Woodstock, 2015

Vermont Studio Center, 2014

Headlands Center for the Arts, 2012


Visions from the New California, 2012

Murphy & Cadagon Fellowship, 2009



Knight, Christopher. Thwarted Ambition and a state of limbo in work by Suné Woods at Papillion Gallery. 23 October.

Timkin, Kris. The New Explorers: Making Meaning in the 21st Century American Landscape.


Anna Martine Whitehead. A Considered Space: The Work of Suné Woods, Art Practical, 30 January.


crystal am nelson. African American Women and Photography, Oxford African American Studies Center. 31 July.


Leah Ollman. Art Review: Hangin’ Together at Koplin Del Rio. LA Times. 6 August.

Sharon Mizota. Hangin’ Together. ARTnews. October



California Institute of the Arts.


Vermont College of Fine Arts.


California College of the Arts.