Delpha Hudson is a British artist born in Surrey in 1963. She currently works from her studio in Bread Street, Penzance.
From the late 90s her performance and video practice explored many aspects of women and the self, using the body, masquerade, city spaces, and maternal and historical tropes. She continues to use materials in performative ways, working with small clay sculpture, objects and assemblage. Delpha Hudson’s paintings explore women’s lives using very physical processes like dripping bitumen paint from a stick. The process is messy and visceral, as well as unique as even mistakes can never be exactly replicated. The figures that emerge use gestural motifs to provoke and engender empathy and understanding. Delpha Hudson’s work uses palimpsest, humour and contradiction to engage audiences in seeing and experiencing the ambivalence and contradiction in mothers and women’s lives.
Delpha Hudson originally studied BA History (1985) at London University and often uses historical research in her arts practice. She returned to study BA Fine Art at Coventry University (2001) combining performance, video and installation. Her MA at Dartington (2003) explored representations of motherhood and her work was selected for many video and performance festivals around the UK and in Europe. As co-director of Art Surgery with Andy Whall (1998-2008) she received Arts Council funding for site-specific performance and video. In 2007 a performance work Miss-Readings was commissioned by the Tate St Ives. A member of Newlyn Society of Artists her painting and sculpture work have been shown widely through different galleries around the UK. She continues to make work in multiple media including recent performances in Venice (2016) and the Leyden Gallery, London (2017).