About Martha Hughes
Inspired by the artwork of children, outsider, and mentally ill artists, Martha Hughes paints grid-based scenes using reductive, geometric blocks of color. Based in Marfa, Texas, the artist frequently depicts unsettling or impossible spaces. Her “Scenes” and “Setups” series, alluring in their ambiguity and bold use of color, reveal the contours of subtly vertiginous interior spaces. Hughes is also interested in the ways objects can convey atmosphere and mood. For example, her “Timelapse” series, which is painted in a reductive, hard-edged style with minimal detail, documents the changing placements of objects and illuminations within a particular setting, such as a kitchen table.
American, b. 1949, based in Marfa, Texas