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Woody De Othello
Woody De Othello, 1991

Woody De Othello makes surreal and often playful ceramic sculptures, which craft domestic and household objects to inflated size imbuing them with emotion and spirituality. These sculptures draw on research around Yoruba traditions, specifically blending elements of Nkisi where everyday objects have the potential to be metaphors for actions. Using a visual language that traverses mediums, Othello's work questions how human experiences are manifested through the objects that surround us: clocks suggest temporality; air conditioning units and fans reflect breath and life force and rotary telephones are a reminder for us to communicate our feelings.

Othello opened his first solo museum exhibition, Woody De Othello: Breathing Room, at San José Museum of Art, San José, CA in November 2019, with a further major institutional group exhibition in 2020 at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art [SFMOMA], San Francisco, CA entitled Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis. Othello’s work is held in the collections of SFMOMA, CA; San José Museum of Art, San José, CA and Rennie Collection, Vancouver, BC. Recent exhibitions include Woody De Othello: Hope Omens, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI (2021); Coming to Light—Woody De Othello, Nina Johnson, Miami, FL (2020); The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK (2020); Woody De Othello, Karma, New York, NY (2019); Woody de Othello: Breathing Room, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (2019); Living Room, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA (2018), Woody De Othello & Paul Mogensen, Karma at Independent, New York, NY (2018).

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