Human nature is expressed through external ritualised behaviour which carries imbedded meaning. The superficial appearance of these habitual actions may often appear to signify fragmentation and irreconcilable cultural difference however the process of art is a way of negotiating cultural difference, effectively working in the space between one emotional cultural space and another, allowing for understanding and empathy. Art can negotiate between internal and external, between present and past between the emotional and cultural spaces that separate and mark difference. My practice is concerned with the way the symbolic - that which signifies meaning - breaks through the surface of daily domestic routines. Sometimes the work is generated through simple observation and attentiveness to the subject and at other times these observations will prompt the negotiation of a more choreographed performance or installation.
Michael Wright - September 2005