Delphahudson Photos & Videos

22 days ago

‘Encased in a new silence’- unfinished but getting there. I’d almost forgotten how many hours it takes to paint these large paintings! 80x100 canvases are about as big as I can go for this particular bitumen paint and oil process as the multiple figures and detail can be more of a headache than a pleasure. Recently told that bitumen is unstable and doesn’t last I replied -yes but I’ve been using it for 15 years and it hasn’t degraded...it will in about 50 years but then nothing should last forever. #bitumenart #motherart #conceptualart #representingmotherhood #naughtykids #ambivalentmothers #technologyandmotherhood #feministart #painting #figurative #colour #instagramart #iart #delphahudson at Penzance, Cornwall

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1 month ago

Made for my staunchest supporter, love and now husband Nigel Bispham whom I married on Saturday, ‘Wedding Gift’ unusually for me clearly references Chagall-a favourite artist of Nigel’s. Made as a gift and a memento of our day, Nigel loved it so much we displayed it at our wedding -even though it is still wet. He mentioned it in his speech using the word play: ‘shagall’ but only the art-initiated may have picked up on that! #weddinggift #weddingpainting #chagall #marriednow #mrandmrs #bitumen #delphahudson #artistsoninstagram at Penzance, Cornwall

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2 months ago

‘Small Promethean Acts’ is a tiny assemblage sculpture- one of about 40 pieces -from which I am developing a combinage installation with sound. I’m collecting recordings of short recollections of day to day caring and domestic acts -as inane and boring as they often are! Please get in touch If you’ve got a story to share and celebrate of something incidental you’ve done....let’s celebrate and represent the mundane and everyday Small Promethean Acts we perform for others we care for. #smallprometheanacts #callout #invitationtocreate #artoninstagram #sculpture #assemblage #combinage #domesticstories #caringstories #delphahudson #instagramart

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5 months ago

Visiting my work on show in Bristol. ‘Confidence tricks’ was so named because I was thinking a lot about how women often lack confidence so are told they need to change the way they are -rather than change systems in which can be biased against women. There’s nothing wrong about learning to have more confidence -just that it should go hand in hand with ensuring women have the same opportunities as men. Often caring responsibilities mean that women just can’t climb out of this conundrum. #painting #figurativeart #womenartist #motherartists #confidencetricks #delphahudson #bitumenpainting #cliftonfineart #bristolart #feministart #domesticdystopias #conundrum #funnybabies at Bristol, United Kingdom

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5 months ago

I am about to paint a dressmakers dummy with bitumen paint and thought of ‘loaded object’ (2006) It was painted with bitumen paint and was a sculptural installation that combined with Cornish eggs stone and slate text, engaged with the way mothers and caters are loaded with responsibilities and stereotypical representation. Motherhood is a ‘loaded’ subject. it started my obsession with bitumen paint which I now use in my painting practice-but it’s a great material as metaphor for so many things. #bitumenpaint #delphahudson #sculpture #installation #feministart #prams #cornisheggstones #loaded #materialasmetaphor #motherart #womenartists #womencurators #praminthehall at Penzance, Cornwall

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5 months ago

Unfinished figurative experiments on driftwood. I’ll paint -or drip on anything lying around my studio. Exploring movement in the female form and the compositional elements of figures in relation to each other, I haven’t finalised their titles yet. Maybe ‘ Look at it this way’ (one on the left) and ‘Shall we join the media circus?’ #unfinished #experimenting #figurativepainting #womenswork #feministart #driftwoodart #gesture #metaphysicalart #delphahudson #paintingtitles #bitumenpaint #artoninstagram at Delpha Hudson Art

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6 months ago

I love working with bitumen paint. This year my studio is warm enough to continue using it -even when it’s cold outside! It gloopy and creates wonderful layers and lines. Just learnt the other day that the Egyptian word for ‘mummy’ comes from the bitumen they used in the preservation process. #bitumenpaint #delphahudson #mummy #figurativepainting #figurativeart #feministart #selfhood #metaphysicalacts #dripdrawing #womenartists #artoninstagram #palimpsest #layers at Penzance, Cornwall

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6 months ago

Planning new films today. It’s been a while but I used to send videos (VHS remember them?!)off around Europe for exhibitions. This is a still from the end of ‘On the margin’ (2002) which used the landscape in Cornwall as a site for performance and works beautifully. I didn’t think I’d work this way again but it seems obvious to use the ‘materials’ on your doorstep! #performanceart #videoart #artinthelandscape #onthemargin #delphahudson #feministart #womenartists #artvideo #90svideoart #artistsoninstagram ninstagram at Penzance, Cornwall

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6 months ago

First lick of colour for relayered ‘Where does the self begin and end?(58x72cm). Paintings constantly evolve and this one has taken a many revisits in order to get a sense of breaking out into the frame. Layers of bitumen paint and gesso give it a highly textured surface. Just letting the bitumen do its thing -bleeding into the oil colour-while I decide what comes next. #painting #bitumenpaint #figurativeart #selfhood #colour #art #figurativeart #delphahudson #womeninart #instagrampaintings at Penzance, Cornwall

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6 months ago

Recently finished this large painting which is drying in my studio. ‘Babble Tower -the life raft of language’ (80x100x4cm) is a detailed bitumen drip with oil colour that features dozens of small children and their careers with scribbled texts. It’s figurative fun yet also depicts the crazy lives of (mostly) women whose days are spent having to talk nonsense with small children. Can be fun but also absolutely infuriating. You try it! #womenartists #ambivalence #domesticdystopias #delphahudson #painting #figurativeart #itsmeanttobefunny #womenempowerment #motherhood #mothers #procreate #desperateartwives

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6 months ago

A bit of snug, fascinating reading by the fire in my studio this morning. No trendy wood burner for me -nothing like an old-school gas canister... Nick Kaye at his best, exploring ‘presence’; ‘being in one’s place’ and as an ‘ecology or network that inexorably ties the ‘I am’ with its past and future’. Performing ‘presence’ depends on time and space... #delphahudson #performingpresence #research #studiotoday #performanceart #theatreoftheself #preparation #liminalspace #performingwomen #liveart #artandsubjectivity #feministperformance

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7 months ago

'Babble-tower' or 'the life raft of language'- I haven't finalized the title. (80x100x4cm). What do you think? Maybe both? I love working with the idea of the playful language of small children and how we all learn to communicate by babbling! A different take on the story of the tower of Babel. Trying to depict the ambivalence of motherhood through a sense of how charming and infuriating baby talk and babies are. It turned out differently than I thought, using a different colour palette -though it may still change once the bitumen paint reacts with the oil medium. #towerofbabel #artwork #motherhood #ambivalentart #babble #delphahudson #contemporaryart #womenartists #womencurators #womenartcollectors #instaartoftheday #figurativecolourpainting #instaart at Melange Tous

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8 months ago

Small sculptures at rest before being recombined as part of a larger installation, 'Small Promethean Acts' as part of Conglomerate -a series of sculptural installations by women in which they create a temporal one day installation from combined small sculptures with sound and text. The polyphony that results from combinations of media creates intersections between meaning(s) visibility(ies) and voice(s). #conglomerate #womenartists #sculpture #installation #smallprometheanacts #womencurators #delphahudson #assemblage #ceramicart #foundobjectart #dialogue #unusualcombinations #temporal #artoninstagram at Penzance, Cornwall

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9 months ago

Some of my paintings are now at @clifton_fine_art gallery, Bristol. Made with dripped paint and oil colour they explore aspects of women's lives and experience. I am enjoying creating more large historical and narrative scenes that combine figurative gesture, humour, colour and movement. Only 2 are finished at the moment and are both at the gallery. I am currently working on 3 more. The smaller pieces (40x40cm) are part of a series called 'Metaphysical Positions' exploring gendered movement and gesture. More on my website. #paintings #figurativeart #peinture #gesture #artforsale #gallery #delphahudson #cliftonfineartgallery #metaphysicalart #womeninthearts #womenartdealers #artaboutmothers #artoninstagram #instagramart at Bristol, United Kingdom

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12 months ago

One action performed as part of 'Ten Life Sentences' (2003) performed maxims/sentences pertaining to motherhood. This one was walking and slipping on lard for an hour trying not to fall whilst trying to grasp cutlery from the wall behind. 'Defenceless as babies are they have their mothers at their command' intended to convey the slippery impossible slope that mothers negotiate every day. A video version of life sentences made for Dublin Square Eyes was made in 2013 and can be viewed on vimeo. @procreate #motherart #liveart #performingmotherhood #delphahudson #lifesentences #feministart #thepoiliticsofmotherhood #feministperformance #motherartcanon

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1 year ago

Detail of new drawings that ironically re-work classic iconographies of the female form. Slyly condemning the way historical paintings and friezes use the female form as a metaphor for nature or for male values, they re-represent the ideality and mundanity of women and mothers lives. #addingcolourtoday #istudio #delphahudson #metaphysicalfluidity #artstudio #painting #peinture #womeninart #kunst #womenslives #art #figurativepainting #conceptualpainting #theperformanceofpainting at Penzance, Cornwall

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1 year ago

'Pleasure in slowness' (2005) was a site-specific performance made in collaboration with Helen Battelley. It was made to engage with discourses about the lived experience of motherhood and the charade of representations that show only the ideality and expectations of motherhood. Mental health is a big issue for mothers who can never be good enough. More archive projects on my website:www.delphahudson.co.uk @procreateproject @map_motherartistproject @motherhousestudios @desperate_artwives #motherartists #feministart #liveart #performance art #site specific art #walterbenjamin #speedandslowness #conceptual art #delphahudson

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1 year ago

One from the archive, '1000 kisses', performed in 'The Window', a temporary art space in Union Arcade, High Street Birmingham, 2006. Wearing a wedding dress and armed with a lot of HP sauce, (did you know it was made in B'ham?), I left indexical HP kisses all over the window, walls and wedding dress. A greeting, a goodbye, a questionable domestic gesture....it was meant to be a durational piece but I lost count and my lips were so sore and swollen from the HP sauce. #donttrythisathome #hpsauce #domesticperformances #inthewindow #artsites #birmingham #1000kisses #motherworks #conceptualart #performanceart #liveart #delphahudson #artinstagram #art

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2 years ago

'Metaphysical Positions' show @atelier. #delphahudson Using bitumen paint as medium and metaphor, I have developed strategies in which I use figurative and historical gestures to reconfigure possibilities for fluid female identity and selfhood. Using metaphysics to examine how subjects might be repositioned through gesture and empathy, and scored by relationality into uniqueness, and using the 'specificities if being female without reifying feminine experience or female lifestyles into a monolithic unity' (Phenomenal woman: feminist metaphysics and patterns of identity by Christine Battersby) #metaphysics #feminism #contemporaryart #theory #identity #fluidity #artonistagram #art #paintingshow #paintningniw #galleries at Penzance, Cornwall

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