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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
DimensionsDimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.1292
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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, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2000

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About the Artist

Daphne Wright b.1963

IIrish artist Daphne Wright (born 1963) studied at the National College of Art and Design and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. Working in sculpture, film, print and installation, Wright considers ideas of language and communication, faith, ageing and death within her diverse artistic practice. Wright has exhibited in Ireland and Europe since the 1990s. Her work is represented in major public collections including the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the Arts Council of England. Wright is an elected member of Aosdána. — View Artist »