Des Hughes 2017
Continuing the Momart tradition started over 30 years ago of an annual Christmas gift by a leading British artist, we are delighted to present to you the 2017 Momart Christmas Card.
This year the tradition continues with ‘Please, Please, Please’ — a cross-stitch card by Des Hughes, and we would like to thank Des for his generous support and collaboration in the production of this card.
Des Hughes was born in Birmingham, UK, in 1970. His work bears witness to an obsessive, physical enquiry into the materials, methods and traditions of sculpture. Hughes re-thinks conventional materials such as plaster, marble, bronze and clay. Nothing is as it first appears. For example, crudely modelled clay might be meticulously cast in resin but, with the inclusion of marble dust, it may appear to have been carved and polished from a block of stone or fashioned from a piece of chewing gum.
At the same time, Hughes considers the purpose or meaning of sculpture — from the functional doorstop to the sacred effigy. In recent years he introduced cross-stitch as a sculptural medium, which now offers a running commentary throughout his practice as a whole.