Mum trying on a wig after first brain operation, 1990


Pollution History
For many years, Hughes' mother suffered from ill health due to a brain tumor. It is this and other personal histories that occupy his thoughts about mass extinction, climate change, plastic pollution, and other forms of pollution. In 2001, Friends of the Earth published a report titled 'Pollution and Poverty Breaking the Link,' revealing stark connections between deprivation and pollution. Hughes grew up in Glasshoughton, a district in the coal mining town of Castleford, West Yorkshire. The district was listed as one of the wards in England with a high index of multiple deprivation (in the highest 10 - 20 percent of wards) and with industrial emissions of over 1 tonne of carcinogens (1999).

“What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn’t everyone’s life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?” – Michel Foucault

Brain Surgery Andy Hughes

Brain Stitched
C-Type from paper negative, 30 x 40 inches, 1993

Helen Sear Artist

Helen Sear
Cardiff, Portrait, 1990
Print made in sections (C-Type Colour Print)
Re-photographed to transparency film

Head Portrait of John, Andy Hughes

Cardiff, Portrait, 1991
C-Type Print from Colour Negative Film 16 x 20 inches

Head Portrait, Andy Hughes

Head Study, Cardiff, 1989
C-Type Print from Paper Negative Film 30 x 40 inches

Head Portrait, Toby, Andy Hughes

Head Study, Cardiff, 1989
C-Type Print from made from black and white Kentmere art document paper negative, 30 x 40 inches

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