Hinterlands | Alexandra Hughes

Archive Shelf Location BALTIC2022M
Publication Date 27 Oct 2022

Alexandra Hughes brings photographic images together with sculptural material, performative gestures and painting. Oscillating between objective representation and subjective reality, her work examines the boundaries of representation, materials and imagination. She uses a process she terms ‘wilding’, which is led by materials and physical, embodied and tactile experience, to process her own physical encounters with environments. Her resulting installations challenge the ‘fixedness’ of materials and of the photographic frame, and the binary separation of nature and culture. They consider experiences as processes that can be understood through multiple perspectives and as a self-reflective journey that is visceral, haptic, ambiguous and open to change. Her installations create situations for embodied encounters that propose to destabilise and recreate worlds.

Hinterlands includes three lightboxes and an installation created during the artist’s transition into motherhood. In the lightboxes, abstract and figurative imagery converge, patchy transparent forms are revealed, and boundaries blur between materials, surfaces, light and space. The images in the work include water, moss and ice, swimmers (or figures in water), an oil-spill, sulphur- stained rocks, urban flowers at night and internet found-images of the surface of Mars. The installations disrupt and explore a sense of distance and proximity and have a precarious quality. The structures in vivid blue, purple and pink come from a white wall, a sky and a river photographed and recorded on the Spring Equinox, when day and night are in equal balance, marking the start of spring.

Format MPEG 4
Related Artist Alexandra Hughes
Category Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists
Keywords BALTIC Level 3: Art Space, Ecosystems, Landscapes, Care, more than human relationships, Time, Custodianship, Field studies, speculative landscapes
Related City/Region North East (of England)
Related Event Hinterlands (22 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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