Art Online self-representation according to Ariane Heloise Hughes
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Online self-representation according to Ariane Heloise Hughes

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Giorgia Massari

Ariana Heloise Hughes‘ is a surreal, sensual and intrigued world. Her paintings look to the contemporary, particularly the theatrical and provocative aspect of reality, exploiting the ubiquity and farsality of the digital image and online space. The British-Australian artist, through her process of objectification, fragmentation and amplification, creates a pictorial world that goes beyond the visual surface. With surreal depictions and distortions of scale, she appropriates a banal and unintentionally familiar narrative, generating a visual vernacular filled with unusual and exaggerated forms.

Female nudity is a constant in Hughes’ work, but it is not an artistic expression for its own sake. With irony, she comments on the culture of voyeurism and idealized online self-representation. Through anachronistic elements and the bold use of color, Hughes constructs a profound reflection on how art can influence the perception of reality in the context of social media. Her inspirations come from personal observations, both offline and online. In particular, it is the images found on social media that are the starting point of her research. These images-mostly mundane-are elevated through layers of paint and color, creating new and unusual perspectives with a distinctive tactile quality. Ariana Heloise Hughes draws on and exaggerates the interplay between the real and the unreal. Her approach engages the audience in the act of observing, prompting us to reflect on our online habits and passive consumption of images in the contemporary digital world.

Ariane Heloise Hughes
Ariane Heloise Hughes

Courtesy Ariane Heloise Hughes

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Written by Giorgia Massari
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