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Emily Wood has been exhibiting her work like nobody’s business — at the Heights Gallery, the Arkansas Arts Center, in El Dorado, at Hot Springs, Pine Bluff — in the past 12 months. Now, UALR is the venue, for her master’s thesis exhibition, “Posted and Painted,” which opened today. The work takes its inspiration from Facebook: She’s painted, on the homely surface of wood, photographs posted on the social media website, to make the distinction between images created by mechanical digits and human ones.

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It’s an interesting concept, but here’s a thought: What about the enormous difference between portraits painted from photographs and those painted from life? Wood’s portraits (is she making a pun by working on wood?) have gesture and mood, but their frozen-in-a-lens subjects are static. Not a criticism; just a thought. Yours?

Wood was one of six 2011 Women to Watch nominees in Arkansas for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The show runs through April 21.

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