Ferris student’s ArtPrize entry inspired by Vivaldi violin concerti

Abbey Wood, of Morley, a third-year student in Ferris State University’s Integrative Studies program recently displayed her work in ArtPrize for a third consecutive year. (Courtesy photo)

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BIG RAPIDS — A third-year student in Ferris State University’s integrative studies program continued her efforts in self-expression by entering a three-dimensional work, “La Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) — Vivaldi’s Wonderland” in ArtPrize 10.

Abbey Wood, of Morley, said she had offered two-dimensional works in the Grand Rapids-based competition each of the last two years. This year’s entry is a mandala, or circular abstract design created with flowers and net lighting in a wood frame.

“I came up with the title for my work about a year ago and it took about two months to assemble the elements of the piece and put it together,” Wood said. “In my first two entries, I focused on people as the subject matter and this piece shows how each section of flowers represents a season. The work blends together to create a year.”

The inspiration for her work is the first four concerti of Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto published in 1725, “Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione” (The Contest Between Harmony and Invention).

Wood said she has grown into her artistic efforts and interests since beginning as a Ferris student. She did take some art classes during her studies at Morley Stanwood High School. Her integrative studies pursuits are not designed to serve as a foundation for a career as an artist.

“I have worked on these projects on the side over the last few years,” Wood said. “This is all about expressing myself rather than preparing for my life’s work.”

ArtPrize is an annual 19-day exhibition that began in 2009. This year’s exhibit came to a close on Sunday, Oct. 7, with multiple artists being named winners in varying formats.

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