Zoe Woods is an Adelaide based glass artist who explores the human connection to nature through abstracted organic pattern. Through heavy studio based experimentation she investigates the optical qualities of glass, with its ability to bend light, to stretch, magnify or reflect an abstracted image, and the feeling of wonder that can be enticed.Her work has been informed by historical scientific illustrations, contemporary glass exploring microscopic form, 'Op art', and the potential for optical illusion to evoke a feeling of wonder.With a particular focus on microscopic pattern, her pieces provoke the same feeling of discovery and fascination that is felt upon looking at nature through a microscope lens.
Zoe completed a First Class Honours Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia in 2011, and her work was selected for Hatched, the national graduate show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. She has also received the Australia Council ArtStart grant and was the winner of the Waterhouse Youth Art Prize in 2012. She was a finalist in the Hobart Art Prize in 2014 and the Tom Malone Prize in 2016. Her work is included in the National Australian Glass Collection at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in New South Wales.