Hugh Hamshaw Thomas
There are two threads through the work of Hamshaw Thomas, the analogue and the digital.
“In the analogue work of the Cyanotypes we see the questioning of that which is being represented through symbol, trace and index of the representation of flowers; plastic flowers as the simulacrum of real flowers and their symbolic representation of life, loss and transience.”
The signified is represented through process, materials and association. In the digital work the common motif is of Landscape, trees meeting the waters edge of a lake or river, reflections begging the question of what is being mirrored back.
“These appropriations of the Arcadian, idealised representations we recognise from historical contexts, be they from painting or the decorative arts become not only an examination of pictorial conventions of colour schema and style but equally how we imprint and see the world through received canons.”