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Nicolas William Hughes
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  • Swansea
  • United Kingdom
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College / University
Swansea Metropolitan University
Program / Degree
MA Contemporary Dialogues
June 19, 2011
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Event, Performance, Photography, Video
I am...
A practising contemporary artist from South Wales Uk
About my artwork
One aspect of my work is the contemporary relationship between man and nature. Another aspect I explore is contemporary anthropology. I am intrigued by the exponential growth of population and the ongoing shift to urban environments.
The notions of who we are, are changing dramatically. We are in a global society. Within this Global mindset we are all trying to cling onto our own sense of cultural heritage, be this from the country/city or province we grew up in, our religious views, our class values, our historical roots or stories that we pick up on the way.

As people of this global society our own sense of cultural heritage is a merging of all these previous notions and that is what shapes the new, an individual post-culture in which we create our own fictions.

My work engages with all these notions through varying mediums and artistic structure. I intend to explore aspects of cultural heritage, our relationships with nature and socio/cultural factors within an individualistic society.

In my practice I explore these notions using photography, video, installation, performance and participatory projects. Often this work uses humor to emphasize my view of the importance of the approachability of contemporary art. This approach often proves to create works that can be interesting and engaging to everybody and not only the creative and academic.
I usually begin the process of my practice with personal reactions to the environment around me. This then leads me to academic, non-academic and artistic research usually worked on in a playful manner. Often I undertake participatory-based research projects. These participatory projects both inform and inspire my personal practice, which leads to the ultimate creation of work. The work I create varies greatly and although I have a major interest in the immediacy of lens based media, my practice has diversified to a vast amount of different mediums.
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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