Oklahoma City – Merging her passion for art and photography with her love for gardening, Elia Woods’ new exhibit at the Oklahoma State Capitol examines the influence of human beings on the environment. Woods’ exhibit, Changed, is on display in the Governor’s Gallery through July 24.

Combining photography and fiber art, Woods’ exhibit includes a series of digital images printed on sheer fabric. Developed by Woods, the unique process employs a heat transfer method similar to transferring images to t-shirts. For Changed, however Woods adapted the method for a larger scale.

The artist is drawn to sheer fabrics because they allow observers to simultaneously see an image, and see through it, creating a “presence of things unseen.”

Printed on silk fabrics like gauze, organza, and chiffon, Woods’ images celebrate the beauty of gardens and the relationship between man and the natural world.

“Each generation inherits a sacred trust to live in a way that promotes the well-being of all members of our world community,” said Woods, who suggests that rather than fearing the damage we could do to our planet, we approach the necessary changes from a place of love for beauty and children. “It is time for us to honor that trust.”

Woods’ art has been included in regional, national and international exhibits including Fiber National 2007 and Visions 2006. Her art quilt, Salad Ballad, was displayed in Quilt National 2005, distinguishing Woods as the first Oklahoma artist accepted into the international juried competition during its 26-year history. She is also a four-time recipient of the Best of Show honor at Fiberworks, a statewide exhibit of Oklahoma fiber artists.

Changed is on display in the Governor’s Gallery located on the second floor in the State Capitol. The gallery is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information contact Alyson Atchison at (405) 521-2020 or alyson.atchison@arts.ok.gov.

Joel Gavin
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma Arts Council
(405) 521-2037