You're Highly Evolved and Beautiful
172.7 x 152.4 cm (68 x 60 in.)
(Atlanta, Georgia, 1981 - )
Medium and Support:
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of Erika and John Toussaint
Although this is ostensibly a painting of flowers, Shara Hughes often begins her landscapes by making aimless marks on a blank canvas, without any preconceived notion of what the final result will be. Curator Mia Locks has described Hughes’s process as painting “backwards” into her landscapes, finding representation by experimenting with abstraction: “Her paintings are less concerned with depicting nature than they are with creating intimate, imaginary, and emotionally charged spaces.”
Hughes recalls the experience as a college student of viewing a painting by Joan Mitchell at The Met, which she says “changed her life for a long time.” While the subtle pours and stains that appear in many of her paintings evoke the work of abstract expressionist pioneer Helen Frankenthaler, her intuitive approach to image making is shared by Amy Sillman, another, more contemporary, abstract painter in the Blanton’s collection.