Wright, Averia

Averia Wright (born 1987, Nassau, Bahamas) is a sculptor and ceramicist.  A graduate of University of Tampa, Florida, Wright received a BA in Fine Art with a concentration in ceramics, studying under renowned Bahamian art professor and practicing artist, Kendra Frorup.    

Wright worked at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery when she returned home after university, as a curatorial assistant under the expert guidance of cultural activist Pamela Burnside and artist/architect Jackson Burnside.  In 2011, Wright moved to The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, where she is currently assistant curator and registrar.

Inspired by folklore and Bahamian history, Wright's sculptures draw from tribal imagery and organic forms.  Her work is simultaneously functional and non-functional; vases are sculptures and vice-versa. Familiar forms resemble local flora and fauna, deep sea creatures and dancing bodies, but they do not fully reveal themselves; always becoming, but never being. The result is a fascinating hybrid.

Wright participated in the Transforming Spaces 2010 Art Tour in a collaborative show with Toby Lunn at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery entitled Earth to Flight.  She has since participated in Transforming Spaces in 2011 and 2012.  In 2013, she had her first solo exhibition in the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (Project Space Gallery) titled Explosure. In 2015, she was awarded the Lyford Cay Scholarship.