Anna Fennel Hughes is a freelance artist trained at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and then at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee. She now works from her printmaking studio in Cesano Maderno, in northern Italy.
She works predominantly in printmaking and mostly monoprint. To her, this medium often goes on to become collage and stop-motion animation. She is currently working on the theme of motherhood and self-identity.
Encompassing printmaking, collage and embroidery, Anna’s compositions of muted tones and restricted color palette draw abstractly from the landscape, and more recently the figurative form. Printmaking and collage make it possible to remove the hand of the maker: to block in zones of color without revealing individual, intentional human strokes. Rather than being tied to the expression of an artist’s personal experience, these techniques help the viewer to consider the artist’s images as independent agents. The embroidery thread which draws the materials together becomes evidence of a personal act of binding or mending; an intimate testament to an individual’s craft, attention, care, labor. The materials are fragile, and the work often visibly disintegrating over time. The more they are used, touched and handled, the more they decay.
Focusing on the articulation and circularity of inner narratives, Anna’s practice employs repetition and seriality, suggesting the passage of time, growth, and accumulation. Self-questioning narratives are juxtaposed with the repetitive and laborious aspects of everyday life. Resisting the biographical, the work resists telling a complete story and gives rise to feelings of uncertainty and anxiety.
To know more about Anna Fennel’s work and exhibitions check her website: https://annafennelhughes.com