Paige Wright

Paige Wright

Paige Wright

 

Artwork

Paige Wright

Statement

There is a place where we lose ourselves. Some people call it a happy place or spiritual experience or meditation. I find that place within the studio. Human beings need a balance between the physical and the mental. The studio is where there is no hierarchy between movement and thought; one has to think to move and move to think.

Ceramics is a tool I use to investigate identity. Process becomes a metaphor for understanding. There is a filtration of information between what I look at and what is produced out of my hands. The marks and movements recorded in the clay become my thoughts.

I make portraits to analyze memories and understand myself. The act of Portraiture is like how we keep people; particular parts come together to construct a whole. A person’s specific features have to be described or just a vague human is created. By spending time rendering my relations I reflect on human framework and genealogy. Solidifying faces in the ceramic process I suspend the character creating placeholders and monuments that capture ephemeral memories.

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CV
EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, Emphasis Ceramics, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 2012 Post Baccalaureate, Emphasis Ceramics, The University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2007 Bachelor of Fine Art, Emphasis Ceramics, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 2006

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013-Present: Studio Manager/Lead Craftsperson, Mazama Wares, Portland, Oregon

2012 Visiting Professor, Sabbatical Replacement, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan 2012 Ceramics Instructor, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio

2010-12 Graduate Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

2008-09 Ceramic Instructor, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado

SELECTED SOLO/ TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2015

(re)Constructed Hero, Gallery at The Jupiter Hotel, Portland, Oregon

2012

A Built Understanding: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Seigfred Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

2007

Growing With Urban Culture, C.M.A. Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Comic Relief, Hecklewood, Portland, Oregon

2005

Dinner Conversation, The Catalyst, Missoula, Montana No, You Figure it Out, The Off Center Gallery, Missoula, Montana

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

Cups of Plenty Invitational, The Land of Plenty Gallery, Akron, Ohio

Gage Hamilton Collaborations, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Forest For The Trees Benefit Show, Hellion Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Project Network

2013

Revisited, 68 Square Meters, Copenhagen, Demark

Tisdale Figurative Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Project Network 2013 Exit Exhibition, Guldagergaard, Skælskør, Denmark

2011

This is the Beginning to a Beautiful Friendship, International Ceramic Center, Kecskemét, Hungary Swan Song: Women in Ceramics Invitational, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado

2010

Livestock Invitational, Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, Michigan

National Ceramics Invitational, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana

2009

Terminal Degree, Asterisks Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

Artist in Residence Exit Exhibition, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

2008

Artist in Residence Exit Show, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado

2007

Roaring Fork Open, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado

Growing With Urban Culture, Lizard Lounge, Portland, Oregon

2006

BFA-Thesis Exhibition, Gallery of Visual Art, The University of Montana, Missoula