Mum trying on a wig after first brain operation, 1990


Pollution History

For many years Hughes' mother suffered ill health due to a brain tumour. It is this and other histories which preoccupy 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 - it reveals the stark links 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 per cent 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, 1993
C-Type from paper negative, 30 x 40 inches

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

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

Head Portrait, Andy Hughes

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

Head Portrait, Toby, Andy Hughes

Toby, 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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