Emotional Archaeology is a large scale solo retrospective exhibition of the artist Daphne Wright curated by Jo Lanyon and presented at Arnolfini, Bristol. Over twenty five years, often ahead of her time, Daphne Wright has developed sculptural languages and conceptual tactics that have been quietly influential.
Wright’s art is the result of a relentless curiosity into the way in which a range of materials can create an involvement with often unspoken human preoccupations.
Casting, sound recording, film making and drawing result in series of works that explore issues such as parenting, aging and mankind’s complex relationship with animals. Wright is not afraid to embrace domestic and familial subjects in order to encourage a genuine psychological commitment from the viewer, this is a retrospective look at Wright as an emotional archaeologist.
Wright (born 1963, Ireland) is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London, and was elected as a member of the Aosdana, Irish Association of Artists in 2011.
Woven into the fabric of Bristol’s cultural offer since 1961, Arnolfini presents an ambitious programme of contemporary arts including visual art, performance, dance, film and music. Dramatically sited in the city’s vibrant harbourside, the centre introduces new and major work by international artists to over 500,000 visitors annually, alongside inclusive learning initiatives designed to spark interest in contemporary art.