Dan Woodard

The Year the Rats Ate the Pomegranates and One Orange

Artist’s Statement

Time has always been a puzzlement and a mystery to me.  And, as I get older, this ungraspable construct has eluded and befuddled me more and more.  To explore my fascination with time and to the ultimate change and dissolution that it brings, I began a series in 2018 called “It’s About Time.”  Sculptures in the series range from pieces that juxtapose portrayals of me at different ages and thus show the effects of time upon me personally, to works that incorporate materials from my daily life, thus fixing a specific time into a tangible form.  “The Year the Rats Ate the Pomegranates and One Orange” is one such sculpture.  It represents the year, 2020, that the neighborhood rats ate every pomegranate on my tree, yet only one orange.  I cast the shells of the fruits left behind into bronze and colored them to mimic the actual shells.  Through this piece and others in the series, I am both showcasing my incomprehension of time and attempting to provide an iconic image that will anchor me to a given time frame.


The act of creating has long been a driving force in my life.  After designing and building my own home entirely by hand and creating a sustainable, organic lifestyle in rural Massachusetts, I worked as a fine art photographer with shows in New York, Boston, and other East Coast cities.  I’ve also worked and exhibited as a cabinet maker, a stained-glass artisan, and a potter.  However, my primary career focus has been as a script writer and director of film and video.  My work has been recognized with over fifty national and international awards including honors from the New York International and Chicago International Film Festivals and inclusion in the Library of Congress CINE Collection.

Over the past several years, I’ve channeled my creative energies into sculpture.  In my first year of exhibiting, my work was selected for several shows throughout California including:  “Made in California;” “California Open;” and “Art Outside the Box.”  Since then, my work has appeared in over 60 national and international juried shows and has been recognized by curators from such notable museums as NY MoMA, the Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Oakland Museum of California.  My work was also featured in the book, “Contemporary Sculptors:  84 International Artists” and will appear in the upcoming book, “Artists of the Bay Area.”         www.danwoodard.com