Mike Wright: WOOD works
September 17 - October 29, 2022
Opening Reception September 17
I think of myself as a salvager, in that fascinating Cape Cod “Mooncusser” tradition. My process starts with searching Provincetown beaches and dumpsters for old previously painted wood. The point of using found material is that, as debris, it seems unpromising but that lack of promise is also its appeal. The peeling paint, the color scrubbed by salt waves, sand or human use allows us to recognize the influence of its past. I like the moment when I place the first pieces of old wood, seeing all that potential, seeing relationships of form begin to take shape. I have learned to listen to this found wood and allow for any chance opportunity to emerge, achieving the sculpture through modifying form with minimal carpentry—cutting, joining, sandwiching. The wood had an experience as boat, cabinet or floorboard and it remembers its past. I interfere with what it was made to be, to make it something else: a sculpture that suggests the endless process of transformation of the things of human industry.
Sculptor Mike Wright was invited in 2019 by the Edward Gorey Museum to create art from found material that Gorey collected, for the exhibition and fundraiser “Goreyosity”. She participated in the 2017 invitational show “Wood as Muse” at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, and was interviewed about her art by WGBH Senior Arts Editor, Jared Bowen, which then aired on his WGBH “Open Studio”. Mike was also chosen by the JFK Hyannis Museum in 2017 to participate in “Art Inspired by a Presidential Home” and was asked to create art from materials salvaged from the renovation of JFK and Jackie Kennedy’s home on the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis.
She had a solo exhibition in 2016 at the St. Botolph Club, Boston MA, she had a solo exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in 2015, she won a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2014, she was the Cape Cod Community College “Artist in Residence” in 2009, she won the Michael E. Deluty Outstanding Sculpture Prize at the CAA National Competition in 2007, she was awarded a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in 2006, she won the 1998 National Competition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, which resulted in a 1999 solo exhibition. Her work has been in numerous solo, invitational and juried exhibitions and her work is in the collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art and many private collections. She is represented by Alden Gallery in Provincetown.