Artist Maria Amalia Wood will be the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Pinney Studio within Pinney Library, The Bubbler at Madison Public Library announced Friday.
A native of Honduras, Amalia Wood works with textiles, paper-making, and community-focused storytelling. She will be in residence through January 2022 at Pinney, a new, 20,000-square-foot library on Madison’s east side.
“We see the Pinney Studio as a physical extension of the Bubbler mindset. A dedicated space to get messy, explore ‘stories’ differently, and learn alongside artists and experts from our own community,” said Bubbler Program Assistant Carlee Latimer in a statement. “While the use of this room will shift and change based on the needs of the Pinney community, we’re incredibly lucky to hit the ground running with such an extraordinary and community-focused artist like Maria.”
Amalia Wood’s current project involves exploring journeys and she’ll be asking participants to engage by exploring feelings, place, memories, and beliefs in lots of hands-on ways, according to a press release from The Bubbler, and those willing to share their own immigrant journeys are especially encouraged to participate. Madisonians can visit Amalia Wood during open studio hours on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m at the Pinney Library.
Amalia Wood, who earned a bachelor’s degree in General Art with a minor in Visual Communications from Judson University and an MFA in Textile Art and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has more than 12 years of experience working with craft communities in Latin America in product development. She is working alongside two teen interns, Itzayana Miranda-Pesina and Noa Delgado-Lopez, who are being mentored in the collaborative and traditional process of papermaking.