Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

temporarily held

Sarah Wright creates bodies of work that explore a rhythmic and subjective language of images. Her installations use printmaking as a framework to explore ideas relating to production and consumption. Her work particularly focuses on imagery dealing with ideas of performance identity and constructions of the female body. Borrowing from photography, sculpture, digitalization, book design and painting, she often sources imagery from fashion magazines and develops, reproduces and abstracts them through various printmaking methods. Wright is interested in the push and pull of fashion advertising and how we consume images but are also equally consumed by them, exploring these contradictory states in her work.

Wright’s immersive print installations seek to function as visual poems; series of works are hung in non linear, irregular arrangements and often use the entire gallery walls from floor to ceiling setting up a subtle choreography of images and narratives. Her most recent work has focused on digital or more ephemeral methods of printmaking such as inkjet and photocopying - where sheets of paper or pages cut out from magazines, are fed through the printer multiple times. Frequently this involves arranging collages directly on the copier bed, re-collaging and re-printing the same page. At times Wright paints directly onto the copier reproducing ‘unique’ painted marks, exploring the relationship between painted and mechanical marks. At times the painted marks get destroyed through the print process or dragged and smeared across the page.

Within Tramway’s gallery, Wright displays the results of these various print processes within a large floor to ceiling installation, creating an immersive and performative environment in which the viewer plays an active role. A large length of gallery wall is mirrored creating an environment similar to that of a ballet studio/gym, reflecting both the artworks on adjacent walls and the viewer in the act of looking.
Other architectural features are used as display mechanisms for printed bodies of works. A shelf running the full length of one wall displays prints, magazines and small painted objects. Above this hangs a series of large scale prints with screen printed overlays which take their starting point from commercial printing methods such as posters and billboards.


Through this and other works Wright investigates the ways in which printing straddles both a textual and visual language.

Please note: Due to unforseen circumstances the artist talk has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Part of Rip it Up: New work supported and presented by Tramway