WOODY DE OTHELLO | Help From Yourself



Jessica Silverman
Help From Yourself, 2020
Oil on canvas
37 x 37 x 2 in. (framed)
36 x 36 x 1.25 in.


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The Artist

Woody De Othello creates and mutates everyday objects as a way to address broad audiences. He depicts these objects in various psychological and emotional states to express ideas, often done so with a tone of humor. These objects, such as doorknobs, AC vents, lights and TV sets, are rendered in an uncanny fashion with a sense of play, emotional intuition, and surrealism that provokes viewers to reimagine themselves and the way they view the world around them. Othello uses a hand-building technique called “slab construction.” Building the sculptures up about six to eight inches at a time, he pushes the forms to a point where they near collapse. Working the clay to a point of precariousness adds to their psychological weight and creates a sense of movement and individual emotion. Othello’s work interrogates the tension between animate and inanimate, energy and exhaustion, hospitality and hostility.

Othello (b. 1991 Miami, FL) completed his MFA at the California College of Arts in San Francisco in 2017. He received his BFA from Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in Ceramics. Othello has exhibited widely in group exhibitions, including the recent FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial (2018) and the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial in Slovenia (2019). Othello has worked on two large-scale installation projects. In 2018, his work was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to be on permanent view at the San Francisco International Terminal. Othello enjoyed his first solo museum show at the San Jose Museum of Art in November 2019. Othello lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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