Nicola Woods Artist Biography 2018
Nicola Woods is a visual artist with a particular love and fascination for trees. She creates luminous photographs to advocate for the welfare of wild and urban trees. Five years ago she began photographing trees, a project which culminated in a solo show “Arbor Vitae (Tree of Life)” at the Earl Selkirk Gallery. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA, including a group show, in 2017, “150 years of Light in Canada” at Propeller Gallery, Toronto. Awards include a grant from the Vermont Studio Centre and 3rd prize in “Photo Op”, The 5th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery.
Nicola’s photographs of urban trees stem from her experiences exploring the Junction neighbourhood in Toronto with her dog. As they walked along the streets together she became more conscious of her surroundings, and in particular, she noticed the quiet beauty of the trees. Nicola found herself marvelling at how the trees transformed the urban landscape and she felt compelled to photograph them so she could share their beauty with others. Over time her sense of connection to the street trees deepened. They struck her as symbols of perseverance – despite being fenced in, their roots competing with fire hydrants and concrete pavements they continue to provide a haven for mammals, birds and insects.
Since the summer of 2017 she has focused her work on the approximately 140 street trees chosen by LEAF for their Adopt-a-Street-Tree project. In this new tree series titled The Trees Amongst Us she continues to raise awareness about the health and environmental benefits trees provide and encourage support of and participation in LEAF’s Adopt-a-Street-Tree project.
The Junction Adopt-a-Street-Tree project is organized and supported by a team of local volunteers, LEAF, City of Toronto, Green 13, Junction BIA , Junction Residents' Association and the Toronto Field Naturalists