Night Sky with Church, 2019
I'm concerned with iterations of connectedness - the threads of substance that exist daily amongst communities and personal relationships with our environment, individual values and one another. I see contemporary art as a platform for facilitating worldly and daily connectedness; whilst examining narratives surrounding environment, culture, gender and the politics of privilege. My practice is an endeavour in creative sustainability - to create work which personally satisfies, bearing resolutions to self-prescribed problems. Ultimately my work is a celebration of and dedication to this world.
Tilley Wood is an emerging artist whose work spans painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance art. She undertook Extensive Studio Practice majoring in Life Drawing at the National Art School, Darlinghurst; and graduated with distinction from the University of Newcastle NSW in 2016 with a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration. Since then, her studio practice has solidified in contemporary art as a self taught oil painter, as well as sharing a collaborative performance led practice with Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie. She is currently represented by Penny Contemporary in nipaluna/Hobart.
Growing up in the spotted gum bush of regional south coast NSW, Tilley’s creativity is grounded in a strong sense of community, family and the natural landscape. Her individual practice explores the subjective dialogue between artist, subject and work; using paintings to manifest otherwise private or intangible personal connections to light, landscape, community and self. The emotional qualities of her subjects hope to connect more broadly to audiences beyond her immediate context and engage with current conversations of her generation. She is particularly drawn to examining personal comfort and languages of self care, as well as the politics of gender, art and society through the lens of intersectional fourth-wave feminism.
Tilley has exhibited across NSW and lutruwita/Tasmania in collaborative and group shows, and is a multiple finalist of the Henry Jones Art Prize, the RACT Tasmanian Portrait Prize and the Bay of Fires Art Prize. Her work is held in private collections both nationally and abroad.
See current work in progress and say hello: @tilley.wood