"Laurel Woodcock is a mid-career multimedia artist living in Toronto and Associate Professor, Extended Practices at the University of Guelph. Woodcock is interested in the legacy of Conceptual art practices, their collaborative and performative spirit, use of language as a medium, and endeavor to integrate art and life. A large portion of Woodcock’s practice culls from familiar language; a turn of phrase, song lyric, punctuation mark, typography, or element of syntax. These become materials from which she explores the problems and possibilities of language, its formal and semantic qualities and malleable meanings. Some of her projects have responded to specific sites and situations, momentarily mistaken for official public signage in the form of a banner toting plane, neon, adhesive vinyl lettering and billboards. She researches words and plays with materials, exploring the representational and referential aspects of language in humorous and playful ways. This culminates in sculpture, editions, video, audio, photography and performative gestures that explore the formal and connotative aspects of words as readymades."