April Wood, metalsmith

“The mouth is what keeps the prison of our bodies sealed up tight…It’s the door to the body, the place where we greet the world, the parlor of great risk.”
Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

My work is an exploration of such a space. In my sculpture, the viewer is confronted with the vulnerability and frailty of the body as well as the violence inherent in consumption and digestion. My material choices are designed to both attract and repulse, highlighting the beauty intrinsic in the visceral, the convergence of interior and exterior, and the connection between nourishment and sensual arousal. In an age of fast food, TV dinners, and disposable silverware, I create artwork that has a sense of history, sensuality, and a direct connection to the physicality of the human experience.