Janis Woode – Artist Statement



The desire to create art has been with me for as long as I can remember.  It satisfies a kind of primal urge in me to construct. The winding of the figures, for me, is a very intimate experiencce.  It is where I try to translate the emotion or movement of the piece.  My inspiration has always come from personal experience.  I have worked in various aspects of the health care field over the past thirty years, and have been witness to turbulence and tenderness.  My work represents these moments.  It is a sort of communication that I find hard to put into words.  They are, for me, small windows into shared experiences.



Janis Woode – Artist Bio



Janis Woode was born in Prince Rupert, B.C. in 1962.

At the age of 19 Janis attended Capilano College and acquired her Long Term Care Aide certificate.  After working in the healthcare field for three years, in 1985 she returned to school attending the Emily Carr College of Art and Design.  

She later returned to Capilano College to complete the Clay and Textiles
programme in 1992.

Her work with wire figures began at Emily Carr and has continued since. Working in metal triggered a desire to learn to weld which opened the door to articulate her visions.

Returning again and again to various jobs in the healthcare field over a span of thirty years, Janis continues to draw upon the human experience for inspiration.


Janis Woode

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”Working in the healthcare field has provided me with a special insight of the human experience.  My hope is that my work draws a common thread for the viewer, a thread that ties us together as humans no matter how individual our experience may be.”

Janis lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband Dave and son Ellis.

tel: 250.537.2990 (salt spring island canada)