Daphne Wright: At a time
Daphne Wright is known for her poignant sculptural installations, which use a variety of techniques and materials including photography, plaster, tinfoil, sound, voice and video. Her art is the result of a relentless curiosity into the way in which a range of languages and materials can create an involvement with often unspoken human preoccupations.
In this exhibition many of the works deal with the subject of children and childhood, both from the adult and the child’s point of view. Clay Heads, is a collection of 11 busts in unfired clay. This work developed from looking at children’s self-portraits and also references tribal masks and early modernism. It evokes different personalities with the sparest of means.
Sons is a poignant double portrait of the artist’s children. The upper bodies are cast from life in Jesmonite giving them a strange truncated quality, the piece is delicately painted imparting an unsettling presence to the two casts
Two video works, If you broke me and I am the beginning, show two solitary boys speaking in riddles to the camera. In each piece the child’s face is painted; as a tiger in If you broke me and with a beard in I am the Beginning. Here these popular riddles are made strange, the monotony of each boy’s voice and their unblinking stare creates a heightened tension, and the riddles take on a different significance beyond that of simple childhood rhymes and logic puzzles.
A video projection entitled I know what it’s like is a haunting and at times uncomfortable evocation of memory, heartache and isolation. In it an elderly woman gives a startling performance of six disrupted statements to camera, exploring social taboos such as breastfeeding, sexuality, ageing and parental coldness.
2016 a solo exhibition at The Arnolfini, Bristol (Forthcoming)
2015 At a time, a solo exhibition at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick
2015 Antrum, a solo exhibition at West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Ireland
2014 Evelyn, commission for Kinsale Arts Festival, Co. Cork
2014 A Small Thing to Ask, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
2013 Prelude Speaker: Contemporary Castletown a group exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2012 Borrowed Memories a group exhibition at Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland
2012 _ Presence: The Art of Portrait Sculpture_ a group show at The Holburne Museum, Bath
2012 Garden of Reason, a group exhibition at Ham House, Richmond
2011 House of Beasts, a group exhibition at Meadow Arts, Shrewsbury
2010 Traits of Sidney, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
2010 Altered Images, a touring group exhibition at IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2009 The Prayer Project, a solo exhibition at The Quad Gallery, Derby
2009 a group exhibition at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
2008 Mirror of Secret Desires, a group exhibition at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2006 Sires, a solo exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland
2003 Sires, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
2001 Nonsense and Death, a solo exhibition at Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo
2001 These Talking Walls, a solo exhibition at The New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Roche Court, Wiltshire
1999 a group exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
LCGA would like to thank the Artist and Frith Street Gallery, London, & Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Co. Cork.