Piece description from the artist
This painting is from my "Common Threads" series comprised of abstract paintings that metaphorically allude to the links, or threads, tying people, groups, and communities together across differences. We often find ourselves faced with addressing the differences between people, via identity, politics, economic stature, family origin, and more. Real entwined thread, or pulled lengths of wool, in the Common Threads paintings are a metaphor for commonly shared experiences bridging these different identity issues. Shared experiences bind people and their histories together in intimately interesting ways. I am working to use these links and metaphoric threads as a means to find common ground and harmony.
Farida Hughes’ lively and intriguing abstract paintings take their inspiration from the gathering and dispersing of crowds, group relationships, and shared histories and stories of people. She developed her abstract mixed media style, and methods of mixing oil paint with resin, after many years of painting with oil paint and experimenting with oil painting mediums. Hughes studied Studio Art and English at Fordham University in New York and received an MFA in Painting from the University of Chicago. Her work is exhibited widely in galleries and art centers and collected nationally. She is currently represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver, Colorado, and Bozzuto-Greene Fine Art near Baltimore, Maryland. Farida's artwork resides in several private and corporate collections, including Target, United Health Group, and Chesapeake Capital. Several pieces were acquired in 2020 by the VCU Health Systems in Richmond, Virginia, and by Beatty Development in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a 2013 recipient of an Artists’ Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has worked with many arts outreach groups and grass-roots community arts endeavors including as a mentor for WARM and a past Board Member of the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Minnesota. In 2018 she returned to the East Coast, from Minnesota to Maryland, and maintains her studio in Baltimore in the Station North Arts District.