These works were created for the project Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, Anchorage Museum, 2014.
“Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure….. Consider all this; and then turn to this green, gentle , and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself?”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851
The objects observed in the works by Hughes avoid metaphors associated with spewing, destruction, dystopian and over consumptive scenarios, rather he attempts to displace these with new ones, plastic objects become religious orbs which float and inhabit both sky and earth, beach and sea. These floating objects might bring to mind ‘UFO’ sightings, are they visionary objects from the past, present or the future ? For many of us they are clearly recognisable as food and drink containers, fishing debris, maybe play objects or toys, or any item from the cacophony of millions of plastic products.