Kathy Hughes is a New Orleans native who has lived most of her life in the uptown area of the city. As a child her family had a home on the Mississippi gulf coast where she spent summers and weekends throughout her teenage years. Her time spent in the city and on the coast has influenced her art since her days as a Tulane University student earning her degree in Ceramics. After graduating from Tulane, she received a M.Ed. in Art Education and has taught in an art talent program in the public school system for twenty-one years.
For the past decade her chosen art medium has been encaustic mixed media. As an avid runner she picks up objects along her route like rusted metal and incorporates them in her work. A continuing theme that appears in her Grid Construction series is order and chaos and the effects of nature on things man-made. Some works are literal while others use symbols to convey their message. In her pieces from the Remnants series, Kathy says, “I’m interested in seeing evidence of the hand, the mark of the artist, scratch marks and brushstrokes.” Most recently she has been experimenting with tea and rust, how the two work together and the marks and colors they create.
Kathy Hughes’ work has been exhibited in the Mobile Museum of Art, the Southern Biennial, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Lyceum in New York. She has shown in many juried exhibitions including “No Dead Artists” at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery and “Sustained Winds” following Hurricane Katrina at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette. La.
Publications include the “Cradle Project Book” ( https://www.abebooks.com/Cradle-Project-Naomi-Natale-Kerry-Olson/12765650164/bd ); The Setonian, April 2007, New Exhibit: From Garbage to Art (http://library.shu.edu/ld.php?content_id=25269037 ); New Orleans Art Review, July 2009.