WomenCinemakers, Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Sarah Beth Woods Lives and works in Chicago, IL, USA

Sarah Beth Woods is a Chicago-based visual artist working in sculpture, performance and film. Woods’ background as a painter and critical cultural worker has led to an interest in the aesthetics and political implications of modern surfaces and the body, specifically skin and hair, saturated color and shine. Cultural influences derived from formative years spent on the Southwest side of Chicago continue to manifest in the content and aesthetics of Woods’ work, specifically black material culture, and women’s conceptual spaces. An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com

Hello Sarah and welcome to : we would like to introduce you to our readers with a couple of questions regarding your background. You have a solid formal training and after having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, from Northern Illinois University, you nurtured your education with a Master of Fine

Arts, that you received from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: how did these experiences address your artistic research? Moreover, does your address your artistic research? I left the Southwest side of Chicago to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I studied Hip Hop Feminism with Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, author of Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy and Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood. Dr. Brown’s courses