Sam Wood, Graduate Award 2014

The way in which our everyday reality is perceived is mediated by the images we encounter. The ordinary is usually that which we wish to ignore. That which we find for reasons beyond our volition, boring, dull, distasteful, obvious… The ordinary is the standard, the normal, the predictable. The ordinary is our desk, the pictures on our walls, which once we loved and now no longer glance at, the ordinary is that which we find ourselves surrounded by. I wish to instigate a shift in representational perception, so that the overlooked and ignored becomes valued. An inversion of the usual value that is placed on ordinary things.

The photographs that I create lie firmly in-between that of the document and that of the ‘art work’, they strongly concern our shared environment and the way in which we experience it. Through the process of cathexis (the physiological embodiment of importance or meaning to an object, person, place or thing) I wish to overturn or re-evaluate the way we experience the real.

between the real and the represented
between the factual and the fictive
the in-between

Slide show: 
From the series The Overlooked and Ignored (2014) Sam Wood
From the series The Overlooked and Ignored (2014) Sam Wood
From the series The Overlooked and Ignored (2014) Sam Wood
From the series The Overlooked and Ignored (2014) Sam Wood
Biography: 

Biography: Sam Wood (b. Middlesbrough, 1990) lives and works in Edinburgh. He received a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh Napier University (2010 - 2014). Current projects include a commission for The National Libraries of Scotland, recent projects include Free Range, London (2014); In from the outside, Hartlepool Art Gallery (2013) with North East Urban Artists (NEUA); ‘Osmosis' Yukatan Press publication (2013); Darlington Media Group, (2008) Quivr Collective (2007); Byker Metro Station, Newcastle (2007), Waygood Studios, Newcastle (2007) and Gallery Glue, Newcastle (2007).