Helen Hughes is a visual artist based in Dublin. She has a sculptural, process-based practice.
Often developed for specific sites, materiality is central to the work and both found objects and purchased industrial products are utilised. Colour tends to be pronounced and is often innate to the materials.
Reflecting on consumerism and focusing in particular on the area of intersection between the individual and the structural, this artist strives to humanise a seemly dehumanised behaviour linked to materialism. Materials include resins, foams, and plastic along with readymade commodities. Component elements are playfully reworked through removal, addition and recasting, to disguise or reveal appearances and draw attention to latent qualities in the materials. No longer presenting the homogenous manufacture of industrial products, materials and objects begin to mimic each other and other things. A process of fluid and gestural physical engagement is used to activate machine finished forms and force them out of an inertia.
Often shiny and alluring, selected materials can be willful, unpredictable and difficult to control. Working against their intended use by disrupting the designed functioning of these materials allows the artist to probe the homogeneity of mass production.