Thurle Wright’s delicate, often dizzyingly repetitive and complex paper works stem from an interest in the systems and structures of language, in the ordering of knowledge, and in the storing and accessing words. She transforms pages from books, atlases, dictionaries, and newspapers into small, fragile units and reconstructs them into structures and patterns, creating entirely new meanings.
Her tiny paper shapes capture empty space within walls of text, contorting logical meaning beneath the folds. She creates a space where all that falls outside the system, the non-definable, can exist. Her paper shapes clump together and grow as language – systems simultaneously powerful, rigid, organic, multi-layered, unpredictable and flawed; systems by which we determine our identities and build our worlds.
Born in Zimbabwe, Thurle studied modern languages and literature both in Australia and the UK, before specialising in visual art. She has a BA (Hons) Textiles, from Goldsmiths College, University of London.