Archived: Learning to Fish by Devyn Wood

Learning to Fish


Biography: I enrolled at AIMs to fulfill some course work I needed for my undergraduate degrees, though I specifically wanted to study under Professor G. Mark Lewis. I started taking extra coursework at AIMs since high school, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences. I have had a DSLR in my hands since I was eight, which set me on the path for art to be a major part of my life. I began to seriously create work when I was a freshman in high school, and it became a large part of who I am. I have lived in a few different places, including Japan and Hawaii, and that influences my style of working. My experiences of living in flush flora and exposure to blends of Eastern and Western cultures find themselves embedded in my work, whether that be a fish mimicking fluidity of ink paintings or car wash bubbles that remind me of waves crashing. I consider myself a mixed media artist, with emphasis on creating blends of my photography and paintings. My work often focuses on emotions that do not have a name, which is a sensation that is an intrinsic part of the human experience. Finding middle grounds of emotions, such as feeling turbulent yet controlled, is an area of fascination for me.  I am extremely inspired by the works of Georgia O’Keefe and Zao Wou-Ki. Their unabashed use of color and motion is something I deeply admire and aim to incorporate in my works.