A Difficult Muse- Ann Wright

January 2 – January 30, 2016

The impetus for the exhibition was a drawing Ann did depicting her personal Muse and herself, both standing on stage illuminated by two spotlights. She writes, “[The Muse] came complete with horned helmet and spear, a sort of operatic Viking, happily smashing critics beneath her feet. On the other hand, I drew myself as a puny, naked nearly paralyzed wimp. The more I looked at the drawing, the more uneasy I became.”

Ann Wright.  A Difficult Muse.  2015.

Ann Wright. A Difficult Muse. 2015.

A Difficult Muse is a collection of mostly self-deprecating and humorous drawings, poems and nearly 4 dozen quotes about the creative process as well as excuses as to why we do not create. The quotes are from many visual artists including Robert Henri and Pablo Picasso but also non-visual creators such as a Rainer Rilke, Sappho, Ovid, Twyla Tharp, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.

Ann Wright was educated at UC Riverside and UC Davis. Her degree is in Theater Arts. She was awarded the Regent’s Fellowship at UCD in play writing. Ann is also an active writer and has presided over her own writing group for more than twenty years. In 1974, along with other artists from Sacramento and Davis, she was active in the founding of The Artery. Ann is a self-taught watercolor artist. Her work has been shown in many Northern California galleries and she has had numerous solo shows. Ann’s work is held in private collections, commercial offices and in the corporate collection of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.

A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, January 8 from 7 to 9 pm during the Davis Downtown 2nd Friday Art About. Ann will be present.