“Doublethink” is the first solo exhibition at Simon Lee London by Clare Woods.
Over the course of her career, Woods has developed a painterly language concerned with the moulding of an image in two dimensions. Her early practice as a sculptor continues to inform her exploration of a physical form via the materiality of paint, through themes of mortality, degeneration and disease.
In her works, the corporeality of her subject matter and the physical element of the paint are inextricably tangled up in one another. In “Doublethink”, Woods employs an often-bilious palette that subverts the viewer’s expectations of her virtuoso application of paint on aluminium. Defamiliarising every day, Woods investigates the boundaries of figuration to challenge her audience’s experiences of fear, anxiety and the fundamentally destructive impulses of humankind.
- Clare Woods, This is Now, 2019