Helen Hughes graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 1998 with an honours BA in Fine Art. Born and raised in Mayo, she moved back to Ireland, where she completed a Masters in Visual Arts Practices from IADT Dublin in 2007. She has exhibited widely and her work has received many commendations, both in Ireland and internationally. Recent shows include Amongst Other Things, a commissioned show at the new Lexicon Gallery in Dun Laoghaire, Veins (The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin), A Bounce Borrowed (The Dock, Carrick on Shannon) and a Process Residency (ArtBox, Dublin).
Materiality is central to Helen’s sculpture and installation practice. She utilises mass produced goods to reflect on consumerism and the exuberance of capitalist production. Materials selected are often wilful, unpredictable and difficult to control. Working against their intended use by disrupting the designated functioning of these materials, the homogeneity of mass production is probed. Through fluid and gestural physical engagement, she counters the mechanical behaviour linked to materialism, forcing her materials out of an inertia and endowing them with a more tactile and human sensibility.
The artist is based in Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght.