Overall, my work is driven by an innate need to understand myself as well as my relationship to the world around me. I liken the process of creation to excavation. While building up I am tearing away at meanings and relationships, while reflecting and responding to my discoveries.
My current body of work, Dazzle, explores the figure of the animal and its place within contemporary landscape. The work is comprised of ceramic sculpture and installation, and often incorporates digital photographs, which serve as a documentary of the work in the context it was created for.
This work is a continued exploration of ideas related to camouflage, including both natural phenomena, such as crypsis and mimicry, as well as man-made versions such as camouflage used in warfare. Life-like ceramic sculptures of animals don a myriad of patterns and colors- some meant to allow the sculpture to merge seamlessly into the environment, others intended to disorient, confuse or make the animal stand out. Either way, the animal holds a powerful inner force in its ability to adapt or evade.
The surfaces of my work are intended to hold a similar type of force. The dynamic patterns and colors of these animals derives from numerous sources including natural phenomena, dazzle camouflage, symbols and patterns used by ancient cultures (like chevron or herringbone patterns), and the imagery and theories of the optical art movement.
My work explores the ability of these dynamic forms and surfaces to transform our perception of time, space and reality, it addresses the idea of facade and the many ways we present ourselves and, ultimately, speaks to the numerous hidden, ambiguous, and enigmatic connections we have to the universe.
The resulting figures are both visually beautiful and environmentally disturbing, creating animals that are eerily in sync with their surroundings.
— Merrie Wright