‘Like a matryoshka doll, artist Delpha Hudson’s paintings are composed of layers. Hudson rethinks the distant past, creating a new symbolic medievalism that she describes as a ‘productive disorientation of old narratives.’ Hudson’s historical research has shaped her current revisionist perspective. When asked what she has learned from studying previous eras, she explains that, ‘what I have realised is that the past constantly changes – we write and rewrite it based on where we are now’….
Continue reading Moriah Ogunbiyi’s text ‘The Re-imagination of Female Narratives’
Martin Holman on Delpha’s work, 2019
‘Recent paintings are distinctive for the hive of detailed making on which the final surface rests. Process extends from the intricacy of drawing to the complexity of composition and on toward the application of colour. Executed on a canvas support, Hudson has adopted bitumen as a medium, dripping a viscous trail onto the primed surface. Even more so than oil paint, bitumen is a tricky, dirty material’ …Read more
Ekphrasis = a vivid, dramatic written version of an art work.
Rene Crouch’s ekphratic writing about this painting:
How many bones?
How many axes?
To make, and clothe,
Her hand mirrors
Rich with soil-graft and
The wet-milk-toil for her young kin,
waxing lines of hardened skin,
In the rope-grip,
The intelligence of the fingers
That foresee the tumbling of a toddler
The breaking of a clay cup
The missed latching of a gate
And cattle spread up on the hill.
And the peace-keeper
Willing her sisters not to fight
But to share the scraps
If they can.
They share ant-hills, dry earth,
Bare feet they can still read
In their nakedness.
Following a deep rhythm they don’t try to understand.
Writing is integral to the production of paintings. I often think of them as ‘visual texts‘.
‘I love bizarre multi-layered imagery in painting and attach my own meanings, imaginings and associations. Yet whilst I question my own (and others) need to label, describe and tell their intentions, I write to discover my own intent; to discover ways of reaching new audiences in the hope that we make cultural and societal change together’.
Delpha Hudson 2021
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