introducing the artist...

Relevant to being a female artist my work is conceptual and makes a mute response to the world around me. The installations form a questioning commentary, developed from research, observations and experiences, also relating to the blurring of boundaries between Fine Art, Craft and Design. My contemporary practice develops and evolves as conscious thoughts intertwine with the subconscious, combining seriousness with elements of playfulness generally leading into 3D sculpture.

Each of the materials and processes used are purposeful and necessary as are the repeated minimalist forms dealing with issues relating to our environment, the juxtaposition of the organic and manmade, the domestic, social and gender issues and class status, de-familiarising the familiar.

Mould making and casting have become predominant in my work in order to fulfil the need to make repeated forms. The moulds are made in materials suitable for releasing the cast, such as plastic, resin and fibreglass, plaster, rubber and clay. Materials such as jesmonite, resin, wax, plaster, glass and ceramic are then cast into the moulds.

Living by the sea in Cornwall and Cyprus has led to the work having a strong nautical element. The concrete gourds, begin to resemble buoy’s due to the use of chains, ropes, pulleys and colour. The iron shapes become boat-like. This may change or add meaning to the work. Whatever my intentions, each individual will interpret the work in a way that is personal to them.

Alison Hughes - large image from gallery