Photo: Caroline Wright in Cambridge, East

Caroline Wright

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Caroline Wright's practice is based on conceptual archaeology. Her work includes live performance and visual art that is often site-responsive. She works in mediums as diverse as glass and gold as well as the human body and has made work for cities and rural spaces, for galleries, theatres, churches, on desolate uninhabited islands and for audiences of 100 and of one. Through taking control of the past, by resurrecting, enacting or undoing, she explores the relationships we each have within the world and our control over histories and narratives. Objects are taken out of service; events are acted, enacted and reenacted. Transformation takes the artist and the viewer from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Wright's pieces operate with subtlety, proposing small but significant shifts; performances. tableaux and installations offer gentle but persistent variation for the artist and audience alike through time. Works make use of the senses, in particular the use of music and the spoken voice, some pieces inclining towards minimal, quiet encounters between the artist and the public, others are immersive and large scale and many pieces reference Michel Foucault's text Of Other Spaces in which he introduces the concept of the Heterotopia, somewhere that requires alternative social codes for a shared experience. In 2012 she performed Out of Water in collaboration with Helen Paris and with a new score composed by Jocelyn Pook. Out of Water took place on Holkham Beach, Norfolk for the London 2012 Festival, part of the Cultural Olympiad and was a Live Art Collective East project (www.liveartcollectiveeast.com). Out of Water was also shown at PSi19 in San Francisco. She is currently working on a publication to draw together a body of work examining drawing and writing with artists Helen Rousseau, Phyllida Barlow and poet George Szirtes. In late 2012, Wright showed her first film, on tides and fathoms at the artist led space Aid & Abet in Cambridge. Her work as a curator includes the project Gesture with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art and PILOT Festival in Brightlingsea Essex. Wright has received several awards including an Artsadmin bursary and she is an Arts Council England East Escalator Artist for visual and live art. read full statement

Location Cambridge, East
Activities Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Public art, Private commissions, Curating
Artforms Drawing, Live Art, Performance, Public Art, Research
Tags live art, performance, music, people, site, visual, composition, beach, coast, water,
Website http://www.carolinewright.com

News & Events

  • Gesture

    I am delighted to be presenting at the Gesture Conference at The Cube in Corby on 8th March 2014. Gesture was co-curated with Yasmin Canvin, Director of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.