Getting to know you: Allyce Wood

Each week we ask a Seattle artist to answer 11 personal questions. Last week, Joey Veltkamp. This week, Allyce Wood!


Allyce’s watercolors and pencil drawings on paper are soft and sad and beautiful. Plants are a favorite subject, and her new work is a nostalgic and precisely-rendered series of plants that used to be alive: hollow driftwood, crumpled leaves, and withered shoots.


Where is your studio?  I share a live/work studio in Pioneer Square with my husband, Pete Fleming, who is also an artist. It is best described as an art-space with a “sleep zone.”

Native Seattleite or transplant?  I am a native Seattleite – with the exception of a few months in Glasgow and Oakland, it is the only town I’ve ever lived in.

What’s on your studio soundtrack?  NPR and podcasts get me through most days: 99% Invisible, Snap Judgment, and various PRX Showcases such as “The Imaginary Lives of Girls” are my regular programming.

Who is your art history crush?  I completely adore William Morris. Besides making beautiful work, his resolve to make his work enjoyable both for himself in process and for those who got to experience it. Currently I have stronger connections to more contemporary artists, finding them easier to relate to.  Scottish installation artist Claire Barclay is so very talented in spatial consideration, symbology, and textures – dreamy!

What is your favorite Seattle summer activity?  I love to visit the seaside and hike – The city is great but any chance to visit the Hoh must be taken!

Where is the best coffee in town?  The best coffee is free coffee, even if it means you made it hours ago and it’s gone cold.

What is the last book you read?  Steve Martin’s “The Pleasure of my Company.” He’s an author I repeatedly go back to. His range of creative depth is inspiring, and the humanity offered in his writing is soft, faceted, and as you become meshed with his characters and their problems, you empathize but never pity them. It’s a strange relationship to have in the world of fiction.

What is your most treasured possession?  There are things in my house I adore, but I worry about the term “treasure” as it implies a strong materialistic attachment. I can say that if my house is on fire, I would try and grab my passport, and whatever expensive machine is near me, but really all that paperwork can be filed for and my computer is a piece of 2006 trash.

That said, my wedding ring fulfills all the requirements needed to be considered “treasure” – this band designed by Pete and made by a Glaswegian artist is my final answer. It means everything.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?  I’ve had many jobs – of the few that were bad, they were deemed so because the tasks that needed doing were uninspiring or overly physically taxing. A specific moment that comes to mind was when I was working at a grocery store as a teenager. An industrial sized bag of garbage exploded on me due to maligned bins just moments after my manager had refused to give me time off for Prom. (Prom!) That filth was the last straw – I quit on the spot and threw my uniform into the same bin!

What super power would you like to have?  There are a couple I’d fancy:

“Schedu-Later”- with the ability to single handedly schedule daily activities without double booking!

“Eagle Eyes” – with the power to see without glasses!

“The Callous”- fingers so thick and tough, no Pencil or X-acto could defy them!

What is your favorite piece on Artsyo (that’s not yours)?  (s)pace of mind: pink 1 by Timea Tihanyi – I had the pleasure of seeing this piece in person and its structural strength paired with its delicate material choice is fascinating. It’s so rigid, so concretely assembled but the ceramic “frosting” that holds it together speaks contrarily to the impulsiveness of building. I love it, and I love to think who would live inside.

Thanks Allyce!

See more of Allyce’s work on Artsyo, and visit her blog to keep posted on new projects.