Photo credit: Wayne Shimabukuro

Photo credit: Wayne Shimabukuro

My work opens into a psychological and cultural territory that combines nature, personal experience, and politics. This combination is framed in terms of my core subject: water and its lack. This pair of opposites has enormous metaphorical capacity – in a way that is provocative but more poetic than didactic, my work engages with this immense environmental issue.

A wide scope of meanings, histories, mythologies, rituals, economies, and fears regarding water inform my practice. My practice has developed in multiple directions and mediums, expanding my initial focus on water as an environmental issue to encompass ideas that also refer to the body, circulatory systems of all kinds, the uncanny, sexuality, fetish objects, and marine science.

The conflict, anxiety, and humor found on the interface between the urban and natural worlds mirrors my own conflict as a lover of wilderness living in a major city. That tension has remained central to my practice regardless of imagery or form.

I expose aspects of the peculiar American relationship to nature in works on paper as well as sculptures and installations that appropriate materials related to water (including vintage nozzles, faucets, and sprinklers, rubber hoses, tree branches, and lawn ornaments), elastic bandage, thread, paint, and used books, which undergo transformative operations that abstract them while enhancing their realist core. Some are left exposed; others are wrapped in black bandages and bound with intricate webs of thread.

The combination of the comic and serious is essential to my work. I use humor, absurdity and word play to make wisecracks, to surprise and disconcert, and to talk about things that aren’t funny.

The ultimate meaning of my work resides in engaging viewers, while remaining elusive, in making personal and poetic connections to the conflict between nature and a culture of consumption. The work speaks to the creation of the Anthropocene in regards to the environment, but makes no predictions as to the outcome.


Blue McRight
Venice, California