Cambridge artist challenges society's view of disability

Jocelyn Woods believes in the healing power of authentic expression through art. Woods, who was born with a rare neuromuscular disease, is using her body as an artistic medium in a modeling campaign that challenges how society views disability.

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Written by
Megan Bantle
Free Press Correspondent
Jul. 12, 2013 

“I’ve always been creative and I’ve always passionately involved myself in things that are mediums through which I can really express,” Woods said of her beginnings in art. At age 3, Woods began studying classical piano and started lessons at age 5. By age 15, she had recorded a studio album of her own compositions. The loss of much of her muscle function at age 18 did not prevent Woods from being an artist, but merely forced her to explore and experiment in different mediums.
Authentic expression. A loaded phrase in a world dominated by highly calculated Facebook profiles and Twitter updates. Is there such a thing as authentic expression when even the word “authentic” seems to have lost its meaning from over use?
For poet, mystic, artist, and model Jocelyn Woods, 27, of Cambridge, authentic expression is the heart of the artistic process. Woods is a model working on her second collection of erotic art, work that is very personal and inspired by her desire to express her mystic experiences. Authentic expression also serves another purpose in Woods’ life: as a cure to the disability that has severely limited her body’s ability to express itself physically.
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