Kathy Wright is a visual artist based in Sarasota, FL. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has received numerous awards for her work including an Individual Artist Grant from the Pollock-
Krasner Foundation for painting and a Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight foundation for sculpture.
Among other honors, Wright has participated in the Art in Embassies Program of the United States Department of State, Sophia, Bulgaria and was Artist in Residence in Everglades National Park in 2008 and 2009. Before she took up painting full time, Wright worked with several world renowned architects including Zaha M. Hadid in London and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta. She is currently a member of the Petticoat Painters and is represented by Clayton Galleries in Tampa, Florida.
Wright’s work focuses on questions of perception, the phenomenological and experiential aspects of landscape/painting rooted in both lived experience and the imagination. Attention is paid to spatial types and what they might engender rather than to rational spatial concepts in an attempt to express visually the more indiscernible moments of an enmeshed experience. Sensations are translated in a primarily instinctive manner, formally responding to both the experience of place and the act of mark making as each is considered.
Simultaneously, Wright explores the fundamental aspects of painting while shifting between formal and intuitive concerns as each piece develops. She says “As process and the dynamism of nature are preeminent, I find my paintings, like the landscape itself, are in a continual state of flux. They are a glimpse of my dynamic connection to my world at a given moment, an episodic moment in time. The materials and subject merge along with significant moments of inspiration to record my immersion in my medium. The landscape becomes a device for the exploration of individual expressive interests. I am continually and utterly amazed by the formal complexity and simultaneous elusiveness of such fundamental aspects of painting as color, edge, value, light and form. The tendencies of the medium have come to play a significant role in the development of each painting. I take great joy in the accidents, the drips and the smears.”