|Pilar Corrias Gallery
54 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF
|21 February 2020 – 28 March 2020|
Pilar Corrias presents Unmanageable, an exhibition of eleven recent paintings by American painter and printmaker, Shara Hughes. This marks Hughes’ first solo exhibition with Pilar Corrias.
Shara Hughes’ recent body of work proposes a novel exploration of interiority by using landscape as a model for working with and through consciousness. She began this series of paintings while offering support to close friends that were experiencing horrific tragedies and ordeals. Carrying the unrelenting weight of empathy, Hughes became interested in historic methods used to control natural mess, primarily through the creation of manicured gardens. While her desire to temper her sentiments led her to begin her paintings with fixed compositions, these were inevitably filled with momentary gestures, forming emotional landscapes.
Belying the very masculine history of utopian gardens and landscape painting, Hughes defies these aesthetic traditions by rendering landscapes that have gone mystifyingly awry. Bold, clashing colours and shifting perspectives manifest into dream-like landscapes that push and pull the eye across the canvas, challenging conventions of space. Flowers threaten to escape the bounds of the canvas; branches beckon us into the dark abyss. Though the natural elements are familiar, Hughes disavows a sense of narrative that is barely hinted at through titles. Rather than depicting true to life landscapes, Hughes invites us into a fantastical world offered as a portal for psychological discovery and reflection.