Ahnika Wood (1996) is an interdisciplinary artist and collaborator primarily focused on the contemplative practices of weaving, dyeing, and writing.
Through textile-based processes and extended creative modalities, they reflect on the potent nature of relationships, marginalized emotional realities, the body, and selfhood. She is interested in poetics of all kinds, such as the messages we convey or receive through particular colors and materials.
They hold a BFA in Fibers as a Distinguished Scholar from Savannah College of Art and Design. Ahnika currently resides in Portland, Oregon pursuing applications across industries such as floral, apparel, and education.
“Textiles are original mediums of story, coding, and identity making. Their quiet power is what drew me to them in the first place, though I did not know it then. I wanted to be close to the body, to effect change near the body, and allow my body to be. I wanted to make meaning implicitly; of myself, for myself.
Sensory experience dissolves a barrier. It speaks in empathy; in tension and flexibility. Handmaking - and handwriting - allows me to create a sense of reality that feels truer than what I have been told. It’s from this place that I make meaning with those around me.”