Letters from the Far East: a new exhibition by Sian Hughes at Storiel

Date: 13/02/2018

A new exhibition of Sian Hughes’ work is on display at Storiel, Bangor until 7 April.


This exhibition was inspired by a series of letters written in the Far East by the artist’s mother during the 1960s. These flimsy airmail letters sent to her own mother are a valuable source of personal observations regarding life abroad.


A selection of letters were chosen and were laser etched into wood, rolled into porcelain paper clay and fired to 1260C to create an embossed pure porcelain artefact.


Explaining more about the process, Sian Hughes said: “I use flax porcelain paper clay as I would paper – cutting and folding it to create sculptural forms inspired by sake sets, tea caddies and bowls. Its delicate translucency enhanced by back-lighting to reveal layers of text, image and impressed design.


“My aim with this exhibition is to create a contemplative space for narrative and sculptural form.”


Sian Hughes is Artist in Residence in Liverpool Hope University with the AA2A project. She is active in in public and community engagement delivering workshops through projects such as ‘Lost in Art’ and ‘Creative Alternatives.’


The ‘Letters from the Far East’ exhibition can be seen at Storiel until 7 April.


Storiel is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm.


More information about the artist are available at www.sianhughesart.wordpress.com