Ahnika Wood (1996) is an interdisciplinary artist primarily focused on weaving and dyeing. Through textile-based processes and extended creative modalities, they reflect on the potent nature of relationships, the body, and selfhood. They hold a BFA in Fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design and currently reside in Portland, Oregon.
“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.”