Daphne Wright‘s exhibition at the Arnolfini is juxtaposed with another at a local National Trust Property, Tyntesfield, which felt like a source of inspiration. From plaster cast lattice work, complete with beating hearts, to very realistic taxidermy-esq dead horses, lambs, monkeys and swans (oh they are asleep Mummy, says toddler) it was a darkly comic, gothic show. British history, and the colonialism, slavery and trading that went with it, is dark and whilst we champion our democracy and civilisation we must not forget what we have built that upon.
Wright’s work is about relationships, primarily domestic ones, hence the animals, and the hearts. How do we and why do we care for things and are the intentions behind these power relationships where care and love for another is involved, good for all parties? Not from the fate of the horse I think.