Grace Woodcock (b.1993) is a London based artist whose work fuses medical, scientific and sci-fi influences to consider what it means to have an intelligent, sensing body; and what it could mean to be physically enhanced or manipulated.
She is fascinated by phenomena that challenge the traditional categorisation of the ‘five’ senses, such as ‘blind-sight’ (the ability of the cortically blind to respond to visual stimuli they cannot consciously see), Phantom Limb (where one feels the presence of a limb no longer present in their physical form), Proprioception (our body’s sense of its position in or movement through space) or Interoception (the sensation of the internal state and processes of our bodies).
Her forms give your body something to map onto, reflecting back a feeling it knows, a memory of a sensation. 1960s Space Age permeates my work, recalling the optimism for the pursuit of the unknown which was so energetic at that time, and a vision of curvaceous environments with bodily intimacy. Through combining experimental upholstery techniques with CAD software. Layers of foam and textile are hijacked with traces of spirulina, prebiotics and zinc oxide, charging sculptures with organic energy as if live tissue. Past work includes installation, soft sculptures, wearables, furniture and sound collaborations.
Grace is represented by Castor where she had a solo show, GUT-BRAIN, in 2020. She was a 2021 recipient of Arts Council England’s Develop Your Creative Practice grant and she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2019.