Laura chooses jewelry to express her creative interests in the fascination with the body. Each piece is very much an effort in creating body-conscious work enhancing the silhouette of the body with colorful hand pierced forms and gemstones. Her work is a celebration of performance and adornment. She is located in Asheville, NC.
Artist Statement: I choose jewelry to express my creative interests, and for many years, this has been a fascination with the body. I began my career in the arts studying dance. This led me to making adornment for the body, activating pleasure and enjoyment through wearing. Each piece is very much an effort in creating body-conscious work. Material exploration and the lineage of jewelry history also inspire me to challenge myself in the work while evolving alongside a world with new technology and processes. I strive to enhance the silhouette of the body and create work to be worn as a celebration of performance and adornment.
Laura Wood is a full-time studio artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her business Laura Wood Studios is comprised of a jewelry facility with an interest in papermaking.
Her work has been selected for many exhibitions throughout the United States, including The Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Penland Gallery (NC), Earrings Galore at Heidi Lowe Gallery (DE), Sparkle Plenty at Quirk Gallery (VA), Shift: Makers that Define, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry at the Grunwald Gallery (IN), and the Lydon Emerging Artist Exhibition (LEAP) at the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA). Her work has been internationally recognized in the Ozu Washi/Oji Paper Museum in Tokyo, Japan, and as a participating artist at the 2014 SIERRAD Jewelry Art Fair in Amsterdam.
Her work can be found at numerous galleries in the US and in the permanent collection at the Gregg Museum of Art, North Carolina State University. Her work has been published in 500 Paper Objects (Lark Crafts, 2013), Behind the Brooch (Shiffer Publishing, 2014), American Craft (2012), and Metalsmith (2014).
Laura was the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium and is the co-founder of Jewelry Edition, a business facilitating the growth of emerging jewelry artists. She currently serves on the Nominations and Election Committee for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University.