Theme/Style Dadaism, Sophisticated Primitivism, figurative art
Media Ceramics, pottery, watercolors, drawings
Artistic Focus Her spirited enjoyment of life was the inspiration for Henri-Pierre Roche's famed novel, Jules et Jim. Her mastery of ceramics and pottery prompted Anais Nin to declare that “water poured from one of her jars will taste like wine.” Wood’s work is renowned for its provocative, humorous and often pointed depictions of complex subjects and human relationships. Her pottery features glazes that range from deeply pitted surfaces to lustrous metallic and iridescent finishes, and an almost haphazard application of color that results in surprising effects. Wood’s creative spirit infused her work well beyond her 100th birthday.
• Born in 1893 in San Francisco to proper Victorian
parents, Wood rebelled against convention from the start.
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