Rugs, Exhibition view, Hollywood Art Center, 2014


Hand-sewn and designed rugs made from recycled stuffed animal toy skins. The rugs not only reference the personal histories of the toy's owners, but investigate the rug as an object organizing and displaying memories and lineages. In Eastern Cultures, the oriental rug centralizes the living space in pattern, operating beyond utility to depict the spiritual and mental world in woven form. Woodgate is particularly drawn to the specific meanings in the arrangement of rug designs, and how different histories of the rug represent stories of the past and ways of tracing archetypes in physical and material forms

"As artists we need to take a stand against the ongoing erasure of species, even where there is little chance of ultimate success. It is our privilege and our duty to be at the forefront of the struggle. While humanity has moved through extreme crises in the past, time and speed is of the essence."
–Gustav Metzger



Milky Ways, Stuffed animal toy skins, 18 ft x 11 ft, 2013


Seven Seas , Stuffed animal toy skins, 15 ft x 10 ft , 2013



No Rain, No Rainbows, Stuffed animal toy skins, 16 ft x 9.5 ft, 2011



Royal, Stuffed animal toy skins, 9 ft x 7ft , 2010



Home, Stuffed animal toy skins, 9 ft x 7ft , 2010



Peacock, Stuffed animal toy skins, 8 ft x 7ft, 2010



Rose Petals, Stuffed animal toy skins, 8 ft x 7ft , 2010



Galaxy, Stuffed animal toy skins, 6.5 ft x 6.5 ft , 2010