A Conversation with Layo Bright

Ep.151 features Layo Bright. Mining personal archives and collective experiences, her 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.


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May 19, 2023