Michael Woody

Region: South

I use toys and models to create little catastrophes. My subjects tend to be middle American and common--things like cars, pastoral hillsides and suburban landscapes. Depicting the ordinary in the throes of disaster, I flirt with collective fears and fantasies. I set all action in austere environments, transposing scenarios where catastrophe meets calm. The result is imagery that blurs distinctions between whimsy and drama, familiarity and spectacle, reality and illusion.