Mary Hughes: Spiral Series

18 Jun – 18 Jul 2009

In Spiral Series, Mary Hughes expands her exploration of form and line through a series of drawings and works on paper. Developed through layering a series of stenciled circles, Hughes transforms rigid, geometric shapes into graceful, organic formations that mimic natural elements such as the flow of a stream or the growth of a branch. Along with her interest in the tension between the geometric and organic, Hughes explores the relationship between the flatness of the picture plane and the illusion of spatial depth. Hughes' minimal, abstract works captivate the viewer with its delicate detail and intricate weaving of shape and color.

Currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Northeastern University, Hughes has exhibited in solo and group shows at the South Shore Art Center, the St. Botolph Club, and various exhibition spaces throughout New England. She has also been awarded several awards and fellowships, such as the Fulbright Scholarship and the Anderson Ranch Residency. Hughes' studio is located in the historical Fenway Studios in Boston, MA.

Mary Hughes
Grand Spiral
metallic pencil on arches
50 1/2 x 46 1/4
Mary Hughes
Gold Spiral No. 5
metallic pencil on arches
32 1/4 x 24 1/2
Mary Hughes
Gold Spiral No. 8
metallic pencil on arches
32 1/4 x 24 1/2
Mary Hughes
Gold Spiral No. 9
metallic pencil on arches
32 1/4 x 24 1/2
Mary Hughes
Gold Spiral No. 10
metallic pencil on arches
32 1/4 x 24 1/2
Mary Hughes
Silver Spiral No. 6
metallic pencil on arches
32 1/4 x 24 1/2
Mary Hughes
Billow
metallic pencil on clayboard
16 x 20
Mary Hughes
Cascading Spiral
metallic pencil on clayboard
16 x 20
Mary Hughes
Undulate
metallic pencil on clayboard
16 x 20
Mary Hughes
Brier (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
12 x 12
Mary Hughes
Cluster (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
12 x 12
Mary Hughes
Staccato
metallic pencil on clayboard
12 x 12
Mary Hughes
Suspend (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
12 x 12
Mary Hughes
Ascend (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
12 x 12
Mary Hughes
Flume (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
12 x 12
Mary Hughes
Flutter
metallic pencil on clayboard
12 x 12
Mary Hughes
Thicket (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
12 x 12
Mary Hughes
Coil (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
6 x 6
Mary Hughes
Rise (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
6 x 6
Mary Hughes
Swirl (Spiral Series)
metallic pencil on clayboard
6 x 6
 
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