Kate Hughes


Watsons Bay Tapestry
January 9, 2013, 7:48 pm
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tapestry watsons bay

My most recent tapestry. Just a little one.

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Resolution – Silos
January 7, 2012, 9:14 pm
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My most recently completed tapestry. An experiment in finding the balance between the time spent making and the clarity and quality of the resultant work. Few images of interest to me work at this resolution, usually losing their link to realism and their atmosphere when reduced so dramatically.

A much larger tapestry is hovering near completion with only two square inches remaining unfinished. An order of yarn from the UK will be its savior, hopefully soon.



three days
August 24, 2010, 8:38 am
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Only three days left before my show comes down on Thursday night. The end of one project. The beginnings of the next major project arrived in the post, now dedicated time is all that’s required.



Some Little Success 2
August 14, 2010, 10:25 pm
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Kate Hughes
Some Little Success

For the last ten days I have drawn seven hours each day and I flatter myself with some little success
Fanny Macleay, 1815

Through representations of the places I have lived my work depicts a personal experience of environment through a framework of art historic theory. Created in small scale with the incorporation of craft the work is rejecting the nationalist male narrative of Australian landscape history. Instead connecting to a history of Australian women artists and makers who transformed the unfamiliar landscape into a home. The depiction of home and the local within the imported aesthetic tradition of the picturesque reveals how we impose on and reshape the landscape to fulfill personal and communal ideals. The tactile nature of many of the works invites a more personalized intimacy with the work allowing a projection and understanding of sensation beyond the visual. Made or imprinted on paper often in greyscale the work simulates the documentation of an accurate truth. The repetition of visual elements throughout series and disruption of perspective through dark and geometric masses adds a degree of uncertainty and disquiet. A disharmony found at the border between suburbia and nature in which I live.

At Brunswick Street Gallery
August 13 to 26
322 Brunswick St Fitzroy