Saturday, October 28, 2017

Curator's Notes: Spotlight on Trisha Wright

Trisha Wright, Striation II

Photographer Trisha Wright brings to Bosom Bodies a poignant series of works that describe dealing with breast cancer. She is a survivor. The artist explains:

"Having undergone a bilateral mastectomy fraught with difficulties has dramatically altered this experience as I project myself through surrogates in an attempt to feel whole once again. The beautiful mystery of the human form expressed through ethereal light and deep shadow expresses my world of dualities. Merging that form with aspects of the natural world creates a psychological fusion and metamorphosis. That is to say that aspects of a deeper self (often represented through water,  reflections, or both) are no longer ‘apart’ but merge in new ways to form hybrid realities."

Trisha Wright, Sky

Trisha came to photography through working with her father in the darkroom: "My artistic journey began at the age of four. I spent many hours in my father’s darkroom marveling in the artistic process as images slowly emerged from a tray of red liquid. One day I saw a bit of my own image begin to surface. As my reflection slowly developed, it felt like a bridge connecting an essence within myself to the world 'outside'.

I realized this years later when, as an art student working on a series of nude self portraits, I became aware of the 'loosening of boundaries' between this deeper self and the outside world. That is to say that a connection between the alchemy of the process and corporeality initiated feelings of inter-connectiveness, both psychological and concrete.

Photographs are quite literally 'light traces'; they are of course interpretations but also emanations of that very same light reflected from myself at that time and in that place. Herein lies the magic; time in this sense is not linear. Light traces from the past create new metaphorical spaces; they unify the figure and surroundings in a concrete way."

Trisha Wright, Metamorphosis

Trisha's intense series of images that capture what she calls "body life."   She began using infra-red  film with an array of traditional techniques and toning. She feels that her work has "evolved" in the "digital realm." 

Trisha studied fine arts at the University of Colorado/Boulder and at the Art Academy in San Francisco, where she worked as a free-lance photographer.  She worked in the Peace Corps in Gabon before moving to NYC, where she took classes at the International Center of Photography.  She earned an MA in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.   Trisha has taught in Port Washington, NY for the past 20 years. Previously, she taught art at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY.

Trisha spent her summers on Cape Cod and in Rockport, Maine attending the Maine Photographic Workshops, known for their outstanding faculty. She credits Karin Rosenthal,  Elizabeth Opalenik and Connie Imboden as her major influences.

Trisha has exhibited at the Arts and Architecture Gallery in Toronto, Canada;  Ceres Gallery in Chelsea, NYC;  Heckshire Museum in Huntington, NY;  Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington, NY;  Macy Gallery at  Columbia University; and at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY.  Her fine art photographs belong to several private collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Trisha wrote that her creative process "fuels [her] personal search for a sense of fusion between external and internal worlds." We are so pleased and honored that Trisha Wright agreed to be part of  Bosom Bodies: An Exhibition in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Her work has brought a personal narrative to the show that reflects our collective concerns and SISTAAH's mission: Survivors Inspiring Sister Through Art and Advocacy for Health. 

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Come join us for the final day of  Bosom Bodies to see Trisha Wrights photos in person and the other 15 artists' work: Roni Ben-Ari, Lynn H. Butler, Marcy B. Freedman, Kathleen Gilje, Nadine Gordon-Taylor, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Clarity Haynes, Carla Rae Johnson, Barbara Lubliner, Sasha [Alexandru] Meret, Ioana Niculescu-Aron, Toni Quest, Ruby Silvious, and Christina Thomas.

Marcy B. Freedman will perform "A Short History of My Elbows" at 3 PM, followed by an artists' discussion: "When the Personal Becomes Professional" and a reception.

Closing/Finissage: Sunday, October 29th, SIA Gallery, 1 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566.  3 - 5 PM.

For more information, please contact the curator Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, the director of the New York Arts Exchange, at or

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