Rugs, Exhibition view, Hollywood Art Center, 2014
Woodgate creates handmade rugs sourced from recycled stuffed animal skins in her Rug Collection series. With the pelts of found and discarded stuffed toy animals, Woodgate reinterprets the galaxy that contains our Solar System by painstakingly piecing and sewing together the expansive rug Milky Ways.
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.
"... Another paradoxical aspect has to do with the stuffed animals’ conditions of production and the fact that the majority of these toys are manufactured in countries such as China and Indonesia to supply the demand of the West. In this respect, Woodgate's rugs pay tribute to the oriental carpet-making tradition, alluding to the historical and ritual value of the materials, as well as to the affinities between commerce, tradition, East and West, and modernity, in the era of globalism..."
Complete essay on the Rug Collection, From Skin to Landscapes written by Tami Katz-Freiman
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