PS² Freelands Artist programme, 2022-23
Susan Hughes is an artist from Belfast. She is a recent graduate of the MFA programme at the University of Ulster and received graduate awards from the Centre For Contemporary Art (Derry/Londonderry) and Platform Arts (Belfast) and was long listed for the Royal Dublin Society graduate award. She has completed many artist residencies in Ireland and Scandinavia where she has used her traditional fiddle playing as a bartering tool to gain access to local stories.
Susan Hughes’ practice centres around the stories of friends and strangers, which lead her down roads of research arriving at the production of artworks in the form of video, installation and sculpture. She and her subjects often describe deeply personal physical sensations through intense encounters with nature. Manufactured materials such as electrical light, digital video and bright perspex are employed as tools to explore and express these natural, yet often psychedelic, sensual experiences. Language is used as a malleable material creating space for the invention of alternative narratives.