McRight’s work explores the psychological and cultural terrain between nature, personal experience, and politics. This process is framed in terms of her core subject: water and the lack thereof. More poetic than didactic, she uses provocation and metaphor to engage with one of the major environmental issues of our time.

Central to histories, mythologies, economies, and fears, the variety of meanings regarding this subject informs McRight’s practice across different media, expanding her initial focus on water as an environmental issue to encompass more nuanced ideas that refer to the body, circulatory systems of all kinds, ritual, the uncanny, sexuality, and marine science.

McRight exposes aspects of the conflict, anxiety, and humor manifested in our peculiar American relationship to nature in works on paper created with graphite and oil paint as well as sculptures and installations that appropriate domestically sourced materials related to water use.  These include found objects such as vintage nozzles and sprinklers, rubber hoses, faucets, and used books as well as natural ephemera such as trees and tree branches. Ironically, there is never any actual water.  The objects undergo transformative operations that abstract them while enhancing their realist core, such as being wrapped in black bandages and bound with intricate webs of thread.  The resultant forms are alternately grotesque and elegant, gestural, poetically associative, and full of visual puns.

The ultimate meaning of McRight’s work resides in engaging viewers, while remaining elusive, in making poetic connections to the conflict between nature and a culture of consumption. The work points to the end of an era of willful ignorance regarding the environment, but makes no predictions as to the outcome.

Personal History

1974-75 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1977-79 The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Font, COLA 2016, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca 90026. 
2015 Drink Me, Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Quench, Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles, CA
10 Artists 10 Spaces.  American Pavilion, Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
2010 Morandi’s Lawn, University of Alaska, Anchorage,  AK
2009 Elsewhere, A 10-year Retrospective, San Diego State University Gallery, CA
No One You Know, Samuel Freeman, Santa Monica, CA
2007 New Work, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (Catalogue)
2005 Morandi’s Lawn, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2001 Lumina, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1998 Lawnscapes, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1997 Painting Landscape, Rio Hondo College Gallery, Whittier, CA
1996 Wildlife, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1995 Configurations, curated by Patricia Faure; Muse, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Limited Seating, AsherFaure, Los Angeles, CA
House and Home, CHCG Architecture, Pasadena, CA
1991 New Work, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Water Works, Lankershim Arts Center, North Hollywood, CA
1990 Objects and Episodes, Fahey/Klein, Los Angeles, CA
1988 Artificial Light, Fahey/Klein, Los Angeles, CA
Paintings, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
1985 Sutor’s House, Downtown Installation, Santa Fe, NM

Selected Public Collections

Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
SunAmerica, New York, NY 
State of California, Sacramento, CA
State of Washington, Olympia, WA
City of Culver City, CA
City of Los Angeles, CA
City of Palm Springs, CA
City of Redmond, WA
City of San Buenaventura, CA
City of San Diego, CA
Port of Portland, OR
Pep Boys, Philadelphia, PA
Chemical Bank, New York, NY
Mountain Bell, Denver, CO