About The Artist
Art came into my life both as a gift and salvation. I use the word salvation because learning to rediscover and tap into my innate creativity through making art delivered me through some deep and painful healing. Making art continues to be an essential part of my life. It is as important to my well being as eating well, sleeping, exercise and prayer. I strongly believe that my creative practice has healed me on a deep level, and I strive to honor that gift by sharing my understanding of creating art as a healing tool with my students and clients.
Part of the evolution of my own art practice has been to travel from the literal to the symbolic. I used to fill books and books with literal, verbal interpretations of my experiences and emotions. I would write for hours each day. Although this practice certainly helped me, there was something missing. I was stuck in my intellect and as such was constantly hitting a roadblock on my way to my subconscious mind, and therefore to change and movement.
Over 25 years ago, I was taught to move into the visual and symbolic expression of my feelings and healing experiences through art journaling. It was a transformational shift for me. Through that practice, I found that I was finally able to access a part of me that could not be fully expressed with words and literal thought, and proceeded to fill many books with images that reflect immeasurable change and growth in my life.
My current work reflects my art journaling process, yet I have not completely let go of words. I feel words make good companions to my images. Depending on what is present in me in a given moment, I will usually either start my piece with a written prayer or a stream of consciousness release. These words rarely end up being an obvious part of the page, but rather a layer. If they are visible, one can rarely glean their meaning. They sometimes are secret messages or mindless ramblings, but they hold the pieces together with their layers, texture, and energetic offerings. I rarely make a page without words as an ingredient; mingling them with images allows for what I feel is very potent expression.
Above all else, my artistic process serves as a profound journey of self-discovery and emotional healing. My art making weaves in aspects of art journaling, collage, printmaking, painting, asemic writing and book binding. Through these powerful and limitless portals of mixed media, I explore the depths of my emotions, allowing them to surface and be transformed into tangible artistic expressions. Each piece I create is a reflection of my inner landscape and serves as a testament to the power of art to heal and illuminate the path of self-understanding.
Margie Woods is a mixed media artist, photographer, teacher and avid sailor. She holds her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and has worked extensively, both in private and group settings helping women to find their unique voices and strengths through the creative practice. She is a self-proclaimed crusader for the healing powers of art. For the last 30 years, Margie has personally experienced the enormous benefits of creativity, and strongly believes that the artistic process enhances and encourages psychological growth and healing on many levels. Her personal exploration of the creative process began with photography at a very young age, then designing handmade greeting cards, and eventually also found form in art journaling, printmaking, collage, bookmaking and painting.
Acrylic Paint, Photography, Prints and Printmaking, Mixed Media