To mark the centenary of the World War 1 Armistice, Steve Woodbury has created a new body of work using gun powder and pastels.
In this series Steve explores our connection to past generations through our DNA, using a semi- blind process to draw on the unconscious part of the brain. The images created are reminiscent of trench maps or neurological maps of the mind. Each synapse forming a new pathway as a whispered trace of times before– Steve Woodbury, 2018
Please join us on opening night for drinks with the artist on Wednesday, 10th October 2018, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: The Packing Room, IXL Atrium (25 Hunter Street, Hobart).
Gaining a BFA with Honours and a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) by Research, combined with training in sport, pain recovery and experience with Zen, has led Steve to a deep interest in conscious and unconscious processing. With over 30 individual exhibitions and numerous group shows over 21 years, his work can consequently be found in public and private collections throughout Asia, Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia.
Have you ever wondered what gets passed on to you in your genes?
Hebb’s Law of neuroscience can be summarised as ‘what fires together, wires together’. This refers to how every thought and every emotion re-wires your brain’s neural network. We are born with our genetic predispositions held in our DNA, however our brains are shaped as life experience impacts on our neurology and physiology.
What impact will shaping have on later generations?
On the centenary of the WWI Armistice, I have been reflecting on my ancestors’ experiences fighting in the trenches of the Western Front. My images are developed through intuition and blind drawing, influenced by my genetic inheritance from previous generations. The end result is reminiscent of trench maps, fused together with the modern idea of neurological mapping. Each synapse forms a new pathway as a whispered trace of times before.
How is it that they are gone, but still now part of me?