Daphne Wright (b. 1963, Ireland) lives and works in Bristol and Dublin. Her work traverses media and materials — including plaster, tinfoil, video, printmaking, found objects and performance — to consider “unspoken human preoccupations.” As part of her major solo exhibition, Emotional Archeology, organized by the Arnolfini in Bristol in 2016, Wright’s Prayer Project was installed to dramatic effect in the chapel at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield. Curator Josephine Lanyon writes, it “comprises seven portraits of the private moment of prayer and meditation. These tranquil, often silent, films place religions on an equal footing in their stripped down, human form, showing faith as a part of daily life. We are invited to explore the notion of communion, both in the sense of its religious connotations (a communion with god) but also in the old sense of the word as communication, community, or dialogue with the self or with an ‘other’."
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.