COMO Conversations with Natalya Hughes
Join us as Natalya sits with Margaret Moore – Director, MOORE CONTEMPORARY, Hannah Mathews – CEO PICA, and Chair of sheila FOUNDATION – Kelly Gellatly, in conversation as they discuss the trajectory of women in art, the transition of the female presence in the visual arts world, and personal and professional experiences that share in a moment that is deeply connected and fascinating.
A glass of sparkling and canapés are included on arrival.
Natalya Hughes | Short Bio
Natalya Hughes’ multidisciplinary practice is concerned with decorative and ornamental traditions and their associations with the feminine, the body and excess. Through painting, textiles, sculpture and installation, her recent bodies of work investigate the relationship between Modernist painters and their anonymous women subjects. Using the life and work of major 20th century male artists, Willem de Kooning and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, as well archival case studies of Sigmund Freud, Hughes seeks to examine society’s ‘problems’ with women and the fraught associations that have ultimately determined them.
In 2022 Hughes was awarded the Michaela and Adrian Fini Fellowship by the Sheila Foundation to support the creation of a body of new work for the solo exhibition The Interior at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA). She was also the recipient of an Australia Council Project grant. This exhibition is scheduled to tour Australia until 2026.