Daphne Wright uses a wide range of materials – plaster, tinfoil, video, printmaking, found objects and performance – to create worlds that are beautiful and rather eerie.
In 2006, she had a solo exhibition at Limerick City Art Gallery and has shown all over the world, including PS1, New York; Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, 1999/2000 and From a Distance: Approaching Landscape, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Daphne Wright is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.
Captured in a three-quarter-length portrait Robert leans slightly to the left looming towards the camera lens in both a mildly confrontation and un-easy stance. His body has a readable weight and physical bulk heightened by the proximity of the camera lens and the sparsity of the white background. He stands as a monumental form, his resolute expression unwavering under the scrutiny of the camera, the bulk of his body able to survive the rigours of the natural world. Daphne Wright captures an iconic figure whose presence echoes throughout the alien landscapes of her pen and ink drawings: he is the precursor, and creator of the future farmed land. The iconic figure of Robert resonates as an inescapable reminder of the management and modification of the environment we continuingly presume or take as natural.
Text by Laura Mansfield.