Dr. Chris A. Wright

Artist Biography:

Dr. Chris A. Wright graduated in 2013 with a PhD in Fine Art and Philosophy from Staffordshire University. She is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and writer based in the East Midlands, UK. She exhibits, undertakes residencies, presents at conferences both nationally and internationally primarily using sound but also sculpture, drawing, film and live art in an experimental practice that lies at the intersection of fine art and philosophy. She has been included in several publications about sound. To use the opportunity of this strange situation, she began Hatchery, an artist group that aims to provide mutual support both personally and in an art context as well as art discussion including online gallery visits.

Art Practice:

Chris is a conceptual sound artist exploring the ideas that the sonic instigates, highlights or exposes especially at the intersection of body, sound and space, (and thus, time), she uses different techniques to gain an understanding from performance, instrumentation, text and collaboration. Concerned with time and space particularly transitory spaces such as borders and the moment where one thing becomes another; ideas generated by found objects, dropped words, snippets of light; materials and process. I have imitated birdsong and monkeys in India, sailed paper boats down the Mekong River to look borderlines; blown across a bottle top in Norway; recorded 400,000 bees in Birmingham and hummed in a crypt in Sardinia. I also develop peer critique networks, collaborations and communal ways of working including Skype as a means of artistic input.

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  • Into the future

    I have just looked back over the two She’d exhibitions and I am amazed at how much work we have actually produced in such a short time. There is no doubt that the first exhibition focuses on our situation and it would be strange if it didn’t. It is at the foremost of everyone’s mind.…
  • Launch of She’d 2

    The launch of She'd 2 happened on July 17th with an expected link to facebook live. Unfortunately the link was hacked and there is no record of the launch which is a little sad but could not be helped. I decided to put my introduction here. For the first part of She’d, my work was…
  • The day before

    Admin. raises a sense of foreboding. A place where errors creep in even though you have read through it a dozen times. I ‘knew’ it was right but somehow it wasn’t. I think I am feeling a little anxious before the launch of She’d 2 tomorrow. I am pleased with how I am developing my…
  • Hatchery zooming along, discussions plentiful and lively. I think progressions are being made. Yesterday, we explored inner voices through using sock puppets. Maybe it didn't quite work as planned at the time but think it is working now. The aim was to try and uncover some deeper thoughts about our individual art practices that sometimes,…
  • July 2nd

    Just coming up to the first exhibition. I feel that it has gone so fast. It has been very intense just making the work, never mind the Hatchery admin. stuff. This first part has so many elements that it is hard to get it all into perspective. The development between the first and second exhibitions…
  • June 6th

    Looking forward to the exhibition now. This residency has been very intense in terms of thinking. Last year, In July, I did the Summer Lodge residency at Nottingham Trent University and it was a breakthrough time. I did things that came out of the space, conversations and, obviously, previous work. This was capitalised on at…
  • Sunshine

    June 18th   How much nicer it was being at home in the sunshine! Still, thinking can be done anywhere. I have now managed to finish the work for the first part of the exhibition. The thoughts  behind it are numerous but one thing that has stuck in my mind is about air quality. Now…
  • June 10th

    The administration for Hatchery is taking most of my time. Thoughts about my artwork have to share this space.  Now, however, I get a feeling, a sense of something impending which is gratifying. I am falling in love with sound again. My original thoughts were that it has a sculptural shape but is nonetheless ambiguous.…
  • Indecision

    A weekend of thinking. I know I should start editing my film! My thoughts are how everything has changed about my practice. I don't work with what is known, just what is unknown, if only unknown by me. I am feeling constrained. I have had fun playing with materials that I have but I have…
  • Learning curve, art and WordPress!

    I began Hatchery as my residency. It has created a viable network of support and new friends. It has also helped me develop as a person and I am using skills I didn't know I had. I think it will help me in the future with project management although, because I put so much time…