Woods, a final year student at Central St Martins, is a recent recipient of the prestigious Mead Scholarship and is without a doubt, one to watch out for in the future.
Woods is concerned with the implications of economic and financial systems that highlight the complex relationships between the powerful and the powerless, particularly since the explosion of the Occupy movement and the effects of the 2008 global recession in Woods' home region of North East England.
Through in-depth research, Woods sets out to address the UK’s economic knowledge deficit and elucidate the relationships between cultural and economic decision-making. Dead Cat Bounce serves to create an objective and accessible flow of investigations into the workings of the opaque and often bewildering financial sector.
Woods states, “Survival in contemporary society must include active economic awareness and the arts present a useful way of revealing some of this information. As someone who was lucky enough to be involved with
arts-based regeneration programs in the North East when I was growing up, I am fully aware of the positive impact the arts can have. In-part, economic factors dictate the availability of such programs, and for me wealth distribution and its effect on equality and opportunity, is a subject that remains close.”
Dead Cat Bounce is a thoughtful and eye-catching contribution not only to the art world, but also to the wider public.