Einfuhlung: feeling into
Elizabeth Wright’s work explores how objects ‘mean’ or rather, how we invest into things and how they embody stuff and subsequently provoke emotional responses from us.
Born out of personal bereavement and the painful detachment of loss, the works simultaneously are bereavement and replicate the process of bereavement. Reflection has led onto a broader enquiry of repetitious processes as being an innate human mode of learning, and assimilation to new realities.
Repetition, or more specifically ‘hyper-doing’, as in the psychological process of bereavement, has now become an intrinsic way of working to understand how we ‘make’ things ‘mean’.
The works are stripped back, quiet, considered and repeated processes.
Repeatedly casting a cereal bowl in plaster, repeatedly placing tree branches in the environments she inhabits, repeatedly making coil pots with friends, repeatedly making pinch pots from local clay which she sources, digs up, and processes to use, to re-bury them in the same spot, and begin the cycle again.
They are the markers in time plotting points in a journey of understanding identity as a constant assimilation to the length and depth of investment into others and things made, collected, and used. The works are the residues of these activities.
They are extended processes of being in the exchange between maker and material.
They each fumble to find out, through the exchange of time spent in practice, just why, and how they mean anything. The works and the artist, that is.