Chris Wright

Is the Bird Caged?

I sat on a log, listening. The lock down was easing bringing with it the noise of traffic and planes again but the birds could still be heard. The den I had made in the woods was partially enclosed giving a false sense of safety. I wore yellow, thinking about caged canaries and their use in mines for detecting carbon monoxide. The air we breathe has become dangerous – from Covid and from pollution. Inside, I made some 3D postcards such as where two branches joined and I drew a sonic response of each moment on postcards. Using  ink and twigs, it was a kind of not-music notational response to the sounds. Posting the cards to the outside, they became scattered leaving traces of ink amongst the leaf litter.


The cards represented a ‘calling out’ to the rest of the world, a plea for a changed world. The quietness that we had experienced for the previous few weeks was already being lost. The woods were a microcosm, during the quiet time, the birds and the insects could be heard, but soon, they will be drowned out again.

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. She has 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. She also develops peer critique networks, collaborations and communal ways of working including Skype as a means of artistic input.

Chris A. Wright Is the bird caged? 3D postcard
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Chris A. Wright Is the bird caged? Woodland Gallery

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