The various series of works by Martha Hughes (Scenes, Timelapse, and Marks) may at first seem unrelated, but are in fact all grounded by the artist’s interest in color, place, stasis/movement, and time.
The works in her Scenes series portray everyday, prosaic interiors and landscapes, with ambiguous, vertiginous spaces that reflect “my sense of never being quite at home in the world.” Works in this series were initially partly influenced by children’s tempera paintings, which are typically colorful, flat, and simple. She often finds inspiration from glossy interior design and architecture magazines, with their strange, carefully staged photographs of impossibly pristine, impossibly beautiful houses, gardens, and pools.
Works in the Timelapse series stem from the artist’s interest in animation and the way things change over time. Hughes photographs the same domestic scene over a period of days, months, or years; then creates paintings based on the photographs.
Similarly, the Marks series comprises works composed of repetitive marks in a limited grid, typically organized in centimeter-sized units. As in animated film, small changes from frame-to-frame – or across the paper – create motion.
Hughes received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions across the USA. Hughes works in a variety of media, including paint, photography and computer-based media. She has resided in Marfa since 2004 and is proprietor of Marfa Works on Paper.
"Scene 243 - Interior with Pool View" acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches
"Timelapse, Columbia Street Kitchen, Marfa, May 30 2017" acrylic on panel, 8 x 8 inches
"Centimeter 34" Prismacolor on paper, 41 x 56 centimeters