Layo Bright

Mining personal archives and collective experiences, Bright’s sculptural practice interrogates how materials shape perception, culture and politics. Bright’s work explores specific themes of migration, inheritance, legacy and identity through hybrid portraits, textiles, and mixed media that call on natural forms and ancestral memory. Employing a range of materials such as glass, clay, wood and textiles, these forms mirror fragile yet complex relationships with the personal, natural and built environment. Bright’s work with plastic, checkered bags—often linked to migrants around the world—combines the material with crushed glass to critically address the inevitability of migration and loss in our current global climate. In fusing these and other materials, Bright’s practice carefully considers the legacy of suppressed histories within inequitable class structures. 


Layo Bright (b. 1991, Lagos, Nigeria) lives and works in New York. Bright received her LL.B (Hons.) from Babcock University (2014), was called to the Nigerian Bar Association (2015) and received her MFA in Fine Art (Hons.) from the Parsons School of Design (2018). She is the recipient of honors and awards including the UrbanGlass Winter Scholarship Award (2021), UrbanGlass Winter Scholarship Award (2020), the International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (2018); and the Beyoncé Formation Finalist Scholarship (2017). Previous residencies include Tyler School of Glass, Philadelphia, PA; Art Cake Residency in Brooklyn, NY; Nxthvn Fellowship in New Haven, CT; Triangle, Brooklyn, NY; Flux Factory, Queens, NY; The Studios at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Tri-tryagain Studio Residency, Brooklyn, NY; International Studio Center Sculpture Residency at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, NJ. She has exhibited work internationally in exhibitions at Bode Projects, Berlin, Germany; Phillips, New York, NY; Welancora Gallery, New York, NY; Mike Adenuga Centre, Lagos, Nigeria; Anthony Gallery, Chicago, IL; Parts & Labor, New York, NY; Meyerhoff Gallery at MICA, Baltimore, MD; Maid in Nigeria, Untitled AWCA, Lagos, Nigeria; Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL; Smack Mellon, NY, USA; Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN, among others.