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Daphne Wright, b.1963

Where Do Broken Hearts Go2000

Layering plays an important part in Daphne Wright’s work and here we see not only the physical layering of the foil strips on the giant cacti but also the layering of the different elements which come together to make the entire installation. The cacti are formed through the highly organised, even obsessive repetition of a single motif: folded strips of household tinfoil. Wright forms the foil by hand and then, working inwards, reinforces the shape by applying resin and glue. The macabre lyrics of Country and Western songs are spoken in a deadpan manner. The intaglio prints, made from found photographs taken by an anonymous photographer, bring a chilling note to this metallic landscape. These elements come together to create an environment without one single narrative or solution but the overall sense is one of a lonely, barren and comfortless world where the viewer is left to complete the story and find their own place.

MediumContinuous tone photopolymer intaglio plates, tinfoil, glue, resin, woman's voice reading Country & Western songs
Dimensions Unframed
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.1292
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Daphne Wright, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, 2000, Continuous tone photopolymer intaglio plates, tinfoil, glue, resin, woman's voice reading Country & Western songs, Unframed, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2000

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Daphne Wright b.1963

Daphne Wright attended Sligo RTC College, the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. Wright makes multi-narrative installations, using a range of fragile media including plaster, tinfoil, unfired clay, and sound and video. She considers how language and materials can be used to probe unspoken human preoccupations. Concerned with the transitory areas of life, she explores the cusp of childhood and adulthood, and the borderlines between life and death. 

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