Suzanne Wright is an artist and professor living and working in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA at Cooper Union and MFA at the University of California San Diego and also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Wright’s paintings, drawings, and collages propose a contemporary feminist alchemy, forging alternative frames of reference with new perspectives that attempt to lead us to a re-vitalized kind of perception, equality and empowerment. Her most recent solo show Feminist Alchemy was on view at Wilding Cran Gallery (Los Angeles). Researching the architecture of Washington D.C. and viewing the capital city from an aerial perspective, Wright painted a series that created an inverted, ‘feminized’ version of the city’s monuments, opening a dialogue that responds to those historically masculine symbols of power. Other recent exhibitions were at Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles) called The Rainbow Control Room and Angel’s Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, California). She has been included in exhibitions at Stephen Friedman Gallery (London), Stefan Stux (NY), Claire Oliver Gallery (NY), and Monya Rowe (NY). She was awarded the Kraus visiting professorship in Painting and Drawing at Carnegie Mellon and has taught at several universities in New York and Los Angeles. Her work can be seen in publications including Cock, Paper, Scissors, Feminist Landscapes, Strange Attractors, Armpit of the Mole, and Art and Queer Culture (Phaidon, 2013). Wright has been an active member of various AIDS and LGBTQ organizations, including ACT UP/New York from 1989-1998.
Watch an interview with Wright in her studio.
Watch Wright's artist talk for the Stanley Museum of Art.