By BOBBI BUCHANAN
Sheri Wright shoots close-ups that make a blot of rust look like a new continent on a world map. Her perspective lends her photographs, which are often taken at close range or at unusual angles, the look of abstract acrylic and watercolor paintings. Wright herself describes her photograph “Red on Blue” this way: “Schools of rust gather like fish in tropical waters.”
Perhaps most extraordinary is Wright’s infancy behind the lens. Only two years ago her friend Kim Richardson put a camera in her hands, thinking she would find “many great adventures” in photography as an outlet for creative expression . “And she was so right,” Wright said.
“When you take Sheri’s talent as a poet and combine instrument-in-hand, you’re going to get art—great art that emphasizes determination, resilience and a natural beauty,” said Richardson, who is also a writer and photographer.
In addition to abstractions, Wright said she is drawn to design, decay, vintage automotive, nature and animals. “But I love rust best, how it displays the patina of age, the collaboration of weather and time to create unusual patterns. I find a good deal of subject matter in alleys, abandoned places, junkyards.”
Through her art, Wright hopes to convey the beauty in ordinary things. “The magic of unexpected treasure is all around us. It’s only a matter of perception that allows us to see or miss it.”
She also believes art is intrinsically activism because the artist engages in the act of creating in a solely driven and controlled process. “Art allows us to engage with the mystery, see and feel the intangible, leave behind the confines of coercion, dogma and the repressive attributes of society.”
Wright’s visual work has been shown across the Ohio Valley region and has appeared in Blood Orange Review, The Single Hound, THIS Literary Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Blood Lotus Journal and Subliminal Interiors. She is also a writer and the author of six books of poetry, including her most recent, The Feast of Erasure. She is a Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee. For more information, visit her website at www.scribblingsandsuch.com.
Wright’s work will be featured May 17 at the Homegrown Art, Music & Spoken Word Show in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cedar Grove Coffee House.