Catalogue.Thurle Wright

Paper, steel pins, sequins, and acrylic paint on watercolor paper

Some of our favorite pieces show the juxtaposition between the modern and the historical. This piece pays tribute to the old way of archiving and gives it some contemporary pizazz.

‘Catalogue’ is made from a printed archive of works in London’s Tate Gallery, steel pins, sequins and acrylic paint on watercolor paper. The work was inspired by the intricate, methodical and laborious systems for cataloguing information that form the backbone of all cultural institutions. Here, the system itself becomes the artwork; individual numbers, names, titles and measurements pinned in glittering waves over colored columns.

About the Artist:

Thurle has shown work widely both in the UK and internationally, including the Bookarts Triennial in Lithuania, Brussels Art on Paper, and in New York. Her work is in various public and private collections including Brisbane State Library. 

Thurle Wright’s delicate paper reconstructions stem from an interest in the systems and structures of language, the ordering of knowledge, the collecting, storing and accessing of words. Working in the gap between the concrete and abstract impression of text on paper, Thurle cuts, folds, weaves and stitches lines of words into a new visual format, in which traces of the original mingle with personal, often playful or poetic interpretations.