Nonsense and Death

Nonsense and Death

Tin foil, wire, paint and continuous loop tape

Courtesy of the artist (1998)

Four rows of skeletal trees ‘sprout’ out of concrete bases as if in a suspended state, all at once growing and decaying. Some are heavy with a dark growth of fruit and flowers, others are nearly bare. A pair of tiny pink herons watches over the scene. Playing over the installation, the voice of an old woman recites without pause Edward Lear’s nonsense rhymes about a series of old men and their ridiculous deaths.

Daphne Wright

Born in Ireland, 1963. Lives and works in Bristol. 'Daphne Wright's work plays with the desire we seem to have for an encounter with beauty in art. Much of her work is visually stunning in a relatively conventional sense. Yet what is central to these works is that on both the macro and micro scale - the distanced and the intimate - Wright willfully undermines this promise of pleasure.'

Daphne Wright's work is the subject of a solo exhibition at Arnolfini in Bristol in 2016, other selected solo exhibitions include those at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland and Frith Street Gallery, London. Wright has been involved in several important international group exhibitions, notably at PS1, New York; Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Hauser & Wirth Somerset and at the ICA, Boston.