JACLYN WRIGHT
JACLYN WRIGHT


Works from Marked
2019 -

Marked combines traditional photographic techniques with contemporary digital processes, performance, and sculpture. The title refers to a prominent birthmark on my neck, which has drawn verbal and physical abuse from strangers. Reproductions of the birthmark’s shape and color appear throughout the work. In Marked, I consider ways we are marked from birth, specifically through gender. Birthmarks are like political boundaries on a map, expressing the concomitant desire to include and exclude, to mark belonging through exclusion and differentiation. The work explores the parallels between human attempts to control, shape, and extract from the land and the body. This is visualized through the demarcation of the birthmark as a means to represent what is through what isn’t.

Both the landscape and the body are tropes represented through photographic surveys, and both raise questions of power, representation and ideology. Photographic surveys of the American West sought to document, aestheticize, and colonize the lands and the bodies viewed through the camera’s lens. These surveys facilitated the colonization of the west by European settlers and pioneers. Photographs of the landscape and the body still carry this trace of privilege and propaganda. Marked responds critically to this history by examining the fraught relationship between the land and the body and its abstraction by both patriarchy and photography.


Opaque Bodies
Single Channel Video
Installation View



Opaque Bodies
Single Channel Video



Left:
Untitled (Cutout)
Dye sublimation aluminum print,
latex paint & wood
Installation View

Right:
Look Through, Look At, Look Over (II)
4x5 Negative Film
Adhesive vinyl



Left:
Body Suits
Latex paint, fabric, wooden hangers
Installation View

Right:
Untitled
CNC-routed dye sublimation aluminum prints
Installation View



Left:
Untitled
4x5 Positive Film
Archival Inkjet Print

Right:
Untitled
4x5 Positive Film
Archival Inkjet Print



1 Dark Slide / 65 Exposures
Silver gelatin prints
Installation View



Laser Cut Dark Slides
Plastic dark slides
Installation View



Untitled (I, II)
4x5 Positive Film
Archival Inkjet Prints



Untitled (studio progress)
Adhesive Vinyl



Left:
Masked Body
4x5 Negative Film
Archival Inkjet Print

Right:
Look Through, Look At, Look Over (I)
4x5 Negative Film
Adhesive vinyl




Marked