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Brown Rust, 2013, 39.5 x 49.5ins, oil, collage on canvas

Brown Rust, 2013, 39.5 x 49.5ins, oil, collage on canvas

gohughes@gmail.com

ARTIST STATEMENT

The overarching discourse in my work utilizes the turbulence of colonialism as a premise to highlight parallels between that violent history and contemporary global conflicts. In today’s informational age global occurrences of violence now reach us by a click of a button: creating virtual simulations of fear. My work interprets in visual form the spectacle of information, knowledge and subjectivity. In addition, I investigate the evolution of postcolonial reconciliation expounded through sports imagery as a civil contest, contrasted with war and its fatal references. The scars of colonial history in contemporary societies compels me to address the dialog between personal and historical narratives through visual representation.

Brown Rust, 2013, 39.5 x 49.5ins, oil, collage on canvas

gohughes@gmail.com

ARTIST STATEMENT

The overarching discourse in my work utilizes the turbulence of colonialism as a premise to highlight parallels between that violent history and contemporary global conflicts. In today’s informational age global occurrences of violence now reach us by a click of a button: creating virtual simulations of fear. My work interprets in visual form the spectacle of information, knowledge and subjectivity. In addition, I investigate the evolution of postcolonial reconciliation expounded through sports imagery as a civil contest, contrasted with war and its fatal references. The scars of colonial history in contemporary societies compels me to address the dialog between personal and historical narratives through visual representation.

Brown Rust, 2013, 39.5 x 49.5ins, oil, collage on canvas