24/11/2022 - 14/01/2023
Contemporary - Painting
In her poem The Wild Iris, Louise Glück tells us the story of life, death and rebirth from the perspective of a flower. As we experience the trauma of its atrophy, we are also rewarded with regenesis. It is a journey through the mire, towards accession.
It is this process of self-actualisation which Vicky Wright channels in her latest series of paintings. Referencing an iconic floral pattern by William Morris, A Single Stem reflects on how proverbial identities are forged and manufactured, and how these persist in popular imagination. Figures grow amorphously, absorbing the nutrients from the ground, tempered by their own micro-climate; cross-pollinating forms which are then re-seeded through the air. Wright’s fragmented constructions of archetypal figures draw on historical narrative, current affairs, natural phenomenon and imagined happenings, and we traverse the vicissitude of seasons to where new life forms emerge.
Wright’s investigations into identity politics, class structure and performativity are here relocated within the current landscape of a nation adrift, foggy headed and vulnerable…
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