Et in Arcadia ego

Et in Arcadia ego

The show gets its title from words written on a tomb in Poussin’s The Arcadian Shepherds. Their meaning, literally "and in Arcadia I," depends on whether they're meant by a person in the tomb or by Death itself. This ambivalence echoes another one: Landscape as a representational form has a long history of showing nature become history and history become nature. Woods's new pictures engage this dialectic via intimate allegories of mortality, commitment, and ecology.

An alternate title could be Setting. All of these pictures were shot within an hour of sunset, and all of them depict settings of another kind, too: small, contained spaces where experiences seem to have happened or about to happen; vacancies depicted absorptively by Woods so as to invite empathy and entry.

Et in Arcadia ego

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