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Jocelyn Woods is an actress, fine art model, concept designer and creative director living in Cambridge, VT. Born with a rare, severe and atypical neuromuscular disease, Woods has been... more
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Jocelyn Woods is an actress, fine art model, concept designer and creative director living in Cambridge, VT. Born with a rare, severe and atypical neuromuscular disease, Woods has been semi-bedridden and unable to stand or walk since 2003. She collaborates with numerous fine art photographers from around the world to bring her visions to life. Using her unique body as an artistic medium of expression and revolutionary exploration, Woods poses as a model while directing the set design, concepts, wardrobe, styling and pre- and post- production of the images. Her impetus is to create art that is both visceral and mystical for the viewer, through theatrical drama and transcendental eroticism.

Recognized as a gifted child prodigy, Woods began training in classical piano at the age of 5, releasing her solo piano album “A River’s Journey” at 16 while graduating from high school and receiving the Joyce Walsh Disability Award and scholarships from Discover Awards and Greenfield Piano Associates. Woods pursued extensive private training in piano performance and composition with master teachers until she developed Myalgic Encephalomyelitis at the age of 18 in 2003 and became semi-bedridden, which reduced her mobility. Devastated at being separated from her beloved piano, Jocelyn turned to classical vocal studies and became a composer of experimental improvisational vocal chants and entered a lifelong study of theatre.

As a fine art model, Jocelyn has been sought by art photographers around the globe, who make pilgrimages to her home where she brings her concepts to life before their lens. In 2013 she began the “Ecstasy of a Cripple” series with internationally renowned Thomas Dodd, reaching global publicity in an attempt to shatter the stigmas and prejudices surrounding disability and sexuality. “It is my fervent wish to utilize my “crippled” body to illustrate and document the naked core of existence,” specifically by experimenting with the fluidity of matter, to portray her encounters of erotic union with the divine–highly sexually charged ‘raptures’ that unveil the blinding core of being. Woods’ work has been exhibited both locally and abroad, including the Guild of Erotic Artists’ “Temptation” show at the Strand Gallery, London’s biggest sensual exhibit of 2013.

Jocelyn’s bardic nature and poetic fluency have translated to the stage. “In modeling, my poetry then found a visual counterpart. Without warning, I watched my riddled verse automatically become theatrical dramas.” After 10 years of being semi-bedridden and physically unable to leave her house except by ambulance for medical emergencies, Jocelyn performed her one-act play, “The Fool’s Riddle: Hysteria Has No House,” June 2014 at Black Box Theatre in Burlington, VT, a theatrical examination of the history of the ancient medical condition “hysterica passio” (literally “the wandering womb”,) retrieved from the sterile walls of clinical asylums and “heaved onto the floor of parliament / That all Senators, Presidents and Pious Men / May hear the mayhem of all castaways,” and as agent of prophetic and oracular divination. Questioning the belief systems of what it is to be a woman, of what is deemed holy or unholy, sane or insane, The Fool embodies hysteria as the inherent urge to expand the boundaries of expression and burst walls of oppression. “Woods distills our attention to her vocal power and facial expressiveness,” writes Seven Days VT. “She may not be capable of lifting her arms, but she has constructed a world to rule. It’s remarkable to watch her fragile presence as the center of something that emanates in ripple after ripple, projecting from her…Visually, the play is riveting…As an artist, Woods can stand on her own, without excuses for her disability. Her fierce commitment to performance is enough.”

Woods cites ecstasy, hysteria and apocalypse as her muses. “The Muse has long endured a stifling confinement. It is time to set her free. Hysterical states of ecstasis trespass where angels fear to tread by catapulting your senses into divine madness, a madness without a method and a rhyme without a reason, free from the prison of linear flatness. A madness so thoroughly unfettered that it becomes the gateway to ecstasy.”

Currently, Jocelyn is directing and modeling in a series inspired by the ancient Isle of Lesbos, begun in 2017, featuring women of diverse skin tones, non-binary and trans models. Jocelyn directs the lavish theatrical scenes as a living tableau vivant, fusing interpretive dance, avant-garde cinema, Bohemian-fringe theatre and poetic kinetics in a performance of gender exploration and human interconnectedness. Woods’ solo work increasingly intersects with photographed art installations, as in the Hieronymous Bosch-inspired “The Infinite Dreamer” mural collaboration with Bear Kirkpatrick, and the abstract performance art of “Ovulation”, a gooey Butoh-like dance re-claiming the sacredness of vaginal fluids with Montreal-based Gordon Fischer.

“Deeply intellectual…sensually beautiful…riveting performance….Stimulating theatre–refreshingly.”
–Jim Lowe, Times Argus

"Jocelyn Woods is the leading edge of resurrection, venturing beyond the known."
--Dr. Mariëlle de Natris, Psychologist, Clarity Coach, Mystic and Author of "Interconnection," The Netherlands

"A very strong performer, compelling and deeply intense. Jocelyn Woods' expression and especially her eyeball immediacy is mesmerizing, and the source of the power of her performance."
--Lance Olson, Executive Director, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

“Jocelyn is much more than just a model: she is an artist, she is a muse. When I worked with her…she hit the bull’s eye every single time.“
–Thomas Dodd, fine art photographer

“Jocelyn Woods…is singularly the most passionate person I have ever met in my entire life.“
–Cheshire Scott, fine art photographer


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  • Risen Phoenix Photographer Risen Phoenix
    last year

    Thank you for that wonderful comment. The image was taken in a cell of an abandoned 1880s Cowboy jail in the Badlands of South Dakota. T was shot with natural light through the cell barred window. Magical.

    • How magical that you produce such sensuous and delightful imagery. I would still be interested in collaborating with you. What do you say?

  • JERZY  R%C4%98KAS Photographer JERZY RĘKAS
    last year

    3/22/2018 I have responded to your letter to me.
    I greet you very warmly - Jerzy Rękas


    • JERZY  R%C4%98KAS Photographer JERZY RĘKAS
      last year

      You are an amazing person, Jocelyn Woods, extremely creative, passionate, artistically sensitive - in short, you are GREAT.
      I greet you very warmly - Jerzy Rękas

      PS. I do not speak English, I am writing through the TRANSLATE program.

      • JERZY  R%C4%98KAS Photographer JERZY RĘKAS
        last year

        You are an extraordinary person of Jocelyn Woods, extremely creative, passionate, sensitive aarithic - in short, you are GREAT.
        I greet you very warmly - Jerzy Rękas

        PS. I do not speak English, I am writing through the TRANSLATE program.

        • Hi Jocelyn,
          You are totally awesome! and we're honoured that you have connected, understood and commented on our imagery. And your work is spellbinding, poignant, beautiful.
          We have a plan to travel internationally later this year, and if possible that will include the USA. We will stay in touch and let you know if we can come to Vermont. It would be a joy to work with you. All the Very Best, Simon & Nicky.

          • what a great lesson to us all and inspiration you are giving!

            • Chelsea Jo Model Chelsea Jo
              last year

              The artistry of your work is inspiring. I love the poise, beauty and grace of your art. Quite amazing, the emotion you are able to bring to the finished product. Beautiful work..

              • Scarlett Dawn Model Scarlett Dawn
                last year

                Such unique work

                • Thanks Jocelyn!
                  Keep up the great work, love your dark images..

                  • Tony Aldridge Photographer Tony Aldridge
                    last year

                    Thank you Jocelyn, a great compliment coming from your keen eye.

                    • You're very lovely.

                      I'd love to try & work with you if things can be worked out.

                      • Mykel Photographer Mykel
                        2 years ago

                        I would love to plan a trip to Vermont {expenses allowed) to co-create some powerful art. I grew up in NYC and always loved New England in the fall. You are a gift to the art world. I am humbled to make you acquaintance.

                        • Thomas Sauerwein Photographer Thomas Sauerwein
                          2 years ago

                          Thanks, I am happy you connected to the images.... pretty much nailed my instincts... Thank you very much!

                          • Kevin Stiles Artist Kevin Stiles
                            2 years ago

                            thank you for the thoughtful comments on my work...and inclusion to your gallery. I am most honored you found my work in such high regard.

                            • Carney Malone Photographer Carney Malone
                              2 years ago

                              Your work displays the highest level of intelligence combined with an excellent send of composition and color. Truly, you are a formidable force in the arts.

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