MARIANNA—Original works by artist Rachel Wright are currently on display in the Gallery of the Prough Center for the Arts at Chipola College. 

Wright is an art professor at the University of South Alabama and specializes in three dimension art and glasswork.  The exhibit is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wright earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Wright has exhibited in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola, Birmingham and Charleston. She has work in a number of collections, including the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. Her work is primarily sculptural, mixing media such as glass, clay, steel, wood, wax, fabric and photographs.

The sculpture in this exhibition includes a wide range materials and processes. The unifying theme is passage: the passage of time, the passage of life into death, or the passage of metamorphosis.  Most of these materials have been radically transformed as well. The fabrics used were recycled, dyed, manipulated, and sewn. The skirt of the Mushroom dress is from a piece of polyethylene foam salvaged from a recycling facility. The glass pieces all began as unformed glass: in its molten state, or as sheet glass, or glass powders. Working with these materials, Wright sometimes fantasizes about being an alchemist, someone who transforms mundane lead into gold. 

For more on the artist, visit www.rachelwright.net