Amy Beth Wright

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Houston, TX

Canvas wraps around a support, paint around a canvas, and a blanket around a person. These patterned textile-inspired paintings reflect reverberating actions transmitted by one generation to the next, utilizing layers of pigments deeply embedded in historical associations. Rather than depicting one particular instant, each work mirrors many moments over time.

My 81-year-old grandmother and I share a foundational impulse to create by hand, stemming from a long lineage of farmers and makers. I follow their weaving motions, then let the paint fall with a texture that mimics yarn, exploring distinctions and connections between history and representation.

Variations in painting languages communicate shifts in thought regarding the subject, and concede doubt. Therefore, experimentation, improvisation between abstraction and representation, and restraint are important.