Farida Hughes portrait by Mary Gardella
Photo by Mary Gardella Photography

I create artwork about human connections, inspired by stories of identity and relationships, and responding to these through the fluidity, transparency, and color harmonies of paint. My aesthetic is abstract and painterly, obtained by mixing oil paint with contemporary epoxy resin and working on wood or aluminum panels. Commingling the translucent layers of my medium is how I manifest the overlap and interconnectedness of our human understandings of one another, the histories that influence us, and our common movements within the spaces of the world. Using vibrant color, bold shapes and glass-like surface textures, I invite contemplation on the mixing of known and perceived realities. My works are abstract portraits that translate human stories through color, emotion, and movement.

When I work with landscape it is coming from some direct interaction I have with my physical self in collaboration with the land, such as river water, or rock etchings on volcanic rock beds. In some current work I am exploring notions of metaphoric inner human light, noticing and reacting to light as it exposes and illuminates people as we gather, and working to develop an energy and feeling of radiance through the materiality of my medium. I am also working with the notion of light and nature as creative forces emanating from underneath the surface, as in my recent works on paper fashioned into and displayed as light-boxes.


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