Shara Hughes: Studio Visit

Shara Hughes, Spacing Out in the City, 2014 (courtesy of the artist)
Shara Hughes, Spacing Out in the City, 2014 (courtesy of the artist)

Jonathan Chapline and Lorraine Nam visit the studio of painter Shara Hughes.

Hughes comments: "The imagery is all based on what is happening in my life, but I never know where it’s going to go when I start. I start very abstractly with some kind of wash background and begin to pull out shapes formally. The painting begins to take a life of it’s own and eventually some kind of story comes out of where it’s going and pulls it down to a solid idea. This may not happen until the middle or end of the painting. Some times I’ll have a title in mind when I start the painting and it builds around that idea, but most of the time that changes too. Working abstractly until the painting is kind of ready to take on a life is a way for the work to be more open and evolve organically as opposed to some idea I just come up with and then execute."