SHOWS HOW presents a series of new works made in response to a set of collages made by the artist in 2016. Hughes uses the explicit revisiting of previous work as a means to explore the forced and unforced variations that emerge from repetition, as well as how different iterations of a single principle can inform multiple manifestations of an idea. Hughes’ conscious looping of her practice – similar perhaps to setting new orchestration or a repeating da capo – has echoes across all her various modes of working, featuring in her musical compositions and text-based scores, as well as the replaying of sculptural installations according to different contexts. By working in an ever-expanding series, combining repetition with the generation of new material, Hughes is able to incorporate into her work an ongoing consideration of how the encounter with an image/object/sound is informed by its environment. The reworked configurations of found and constructed objects constitute something of a linguistic construction, with its own evolving grammar and diction, that remains open to new combination and interpretation.
SHOWS HOW was exhibited as part of Audiograft Music Festival, Oxford, 2018.