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Alice Hughes

Alice Hughes graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2017 with a Fine Art degree in Painting and Printmaking.  She has exhibited across Scotland including the Glue Factory, Glasgow and recently curated a group show in the city. Alice has settled in Glasgow and is currently creating new work that intertwines fine art and design.

Why We love Alice’s Work
I discovered Alice’s work whilst visiting the Glasgow School of Art 2017 Degree Show. Intriguing little compositions framed in dark walnut wooden box frames. Each small work looked like a photographic still from a Martha Graham stage set with semi abstract forms that loosely referenced human figures. The pared down Modernist style props made from perspex, card and wood and limited colour palette also reference a period of the early 1900’s when social norms of male dominance fuelled a rising counter wave of feminist thinking. The curved lines of the sculptural props in the images presented in harsh theatrical spot lighting, could be symbolic of the female form as objects on stage playing out a role… passively.

Exclusive to Curious Egg
We are excited to introduce this body of work from Alice Hughes entitled ‘Structures of Pretence’. Each small work has an almost filmic atmosphere with grainy texture, sharp areas of light and blurred shadowy backdrops. Alice has created hand screen printed images that exaggerate the very fabric of the photographic image in a series of mini theatrical ‘stage sets’, some with sections cut out by hand and raised like a 3-Dimensional prop. Alice’s work uses the medium of silk screen print to bring physical and conceptual layers of meaning to her work which in its presentation is both beautiful and poignant.

Alice Hughes Portrait
Alice Hughes - Stage for Elegance #3 Original Silk Screen Print

Cut-outs, delicate sculptures, ornamental installations, layered silk screen prints; the work I create is eclectic in nature and is developed by taking an artwork through a transformative process. With influence from early modernist movements such as Constructivism and The Bauhaus, I enjoy producing art work that has inspiration in contemporary design and craft. Feminist discourse and the politics of power are a stimulus for much of my work. Whether with bold imagery, appropriation from male-dominated art movements or with subtle mark-making, these are subjects that I’ve continually returned to in my thought-process and resulting art works.

‘The Structures of Pretence’ four-layer screen prints are a development of an installation of three sculptures inspired by puppetry that have anthropomorphic characteristics. I wanted the prints to feel like film stills or a fashion photoshoot to re-contextualise them as props. This strengthened the projects dialogue that centres on themes of masquerade and illusion.

Alice Hughes

Original Artworks