My practice revolves ‘artistically’ around the engagements between painting and other

mediums - primarily, but not exclusively

photography - and the ways in which we are affected by the mass media’s treatment of news events involving trauma.




© Chris Shaw Hughes 2012

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My current work explores the ‘site of trauma’. I’m interested in how some places are ‘defined’ by the events that happen within them, and whether the aura of trauma remains, either in the places, or in our representations of them.  Although I have made work using a diversity of media, I have recently been exploring the use of carbon paper as a medium.

This has allowed me to investigate a kind of ‘negative’ aesthetic, which seems more

appropriate when working with images of a traumatic or catastrophic nature.