“Carving Out Fresh Options,” Diptych Painting by Shara Hughes Leads Up to a Monumental Mural on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
The mural was scaled up about twelve times from the original painting, but also cropped and shaped to fit the curving, choppy features of the Greenway Wall (one side of the air intake structure building).
The diptych (two-part) oil painting will be on view at deCordova in the museum through May 2019, while the mural is up on the Greenway Wall in Dewey Square Park, Boston.
“Once translated to the outdoor facade by professionally-trained muralists, the swirling pleasures of Hughes’ work radiate at a monumental scale. The steeply receding perspectives and curvilinear passages of the fantastic terrain contrast with the urban geometries of the surrounding architecture and roadways. Hughes’ work brings to downtown Boston a catalytic combination of art and nature, an outlook that resonates with deCordova’s central mission.” (quote excerpted from deCordova website overview for Shara Hughes: Carving Out Fresh Options )
“Shara Hughes’ imaginary landscapes plunge viewers into boldly colored, hallucinatory spaces. Here, sweeping trails of paint frame views of a dramatic waterfall, carved rock formations, and a winding river. Hughes uses experimental painting techniques to create ecstatic interpretations of the natural world.” (quote excerpted from the Greenway statement about “Carving Out Fresh Options.”)
Don’t miss this enthralling slideshow of Shara Hughes’ paintings at Rachel Uffner Gallery. Find out also about Shara Hughes’ sculpture, drawing, paintings and shows at her site: http://sharahughesart.blogspot.com/
Glimpses of the Mural-Making Process
The same Greenway page also includes an exciting speedy time-lapse video condensing two weeks of mural teamwork into barely two minutes, start to finish. For more about the company who created the mural, start with their website Overall Murals. My simple slideshow below sequences a few photos from three visits I made to see the mural in progress.