Merrie Wright received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, spent one year as a post-baccalaureate student at Southern Methodist University, and received her MFA from Louisiana State University. After teaching at several universities, Wright has settled into her studio in east Texas and is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler.
Wrights current work continues to explore ideas of camouflage, including both natural phenomena and man-made versions such as those used in warfare. Life-like ceramic sculptures of animals don a myriad of patterns and colors- some meant to allow the sculpture to merge seamlessly into the environment, others meant to disorient or confuse. The work is influenced by patterns used by ancient cultures, works from the Optical Art movement, and military camouflage of the past and present.
The work explores the ability for camouflaged surfaces to transform our perception of time, space and reality, addresses the idea of facade and the many ways we present ourselves and, ultimately, speaks to the numerous hidden, ambiguous, and enigmatic connections we have to the universe.
Wright exhibits her works nationally, has curated many ceramic-based exhibitions, and does workshops and lectures for universities, art centers, and galleries. For more information or price inquiries/availability of works please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.