Shannon Wright


The recent silk-screened wallpaper works of artist Shannon Wright depict a healthy human urinary tract. The series was inspired by a comment made by one of the artist’s friends: “You should really make art about your hypochondria. You’ve got a gold mine there.” The artist has been exploring systems, diagrams and the phenomena that they attempt to represent through a range of media during the past 15 years, using sculpture, video and vector-based drawing. Consistent throughout all of Wright’s projects is a biting dry humor that helps to offset the scientific tendencies in the work that is inspired in part by the 18th century Utopian architect Etienne-Louis Boullee, the Scientific Management movement and the “Cabinets of Curiosities” museum display. Wright received her M.F.A. in the time arts department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her B.F.A. in sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. The artist has exhibited nationally with shows this year at the ADA Gallery in Richmond and Scope New York and is currently an assistant professor in the spatial arts program at San Jose State University.