Crash 7 ; Sara Hughes; 2007 ; 2007/2


Te Manawa


Crash 7

About this object

Technology is an important aspect of Hughes’ work, both in the process of making her works and as subject matter. Hughes creates her compositions in the studio utilizing imagery from both painting conventions and screen based culture, she then involves her computer to generate a series of templates. Using these templates as stencils, she builds up multiple layers of acrylic paint. The end result is a painting in which the boundaries between the human hand and the mechanical begin to blur. She says her “work is not about the impressive things new technologies can do, instead I’m interested in what happens when a machine mark and a mark from the hand are placed together. " * Sara Hughes, interviewed in Artist Profile, Issue 4. In Nicola Jennings, "Are you right not to like modern art?" 2008, Te Manawa Museums Trust, Palmerston North.


Sara Hughes

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Date Made


Medium and Materials

Acrylic on linen

Place Made

New Zealand


H 950 W 1850mm

Subject and Association Description

This painting is one of a series, including paintings and large vinyl installation works, which Hughes produced between 2006 and 2008. Hughes’ impetus for this series came from William Gibson’s novel Pattern Recognition, in which the heroine is surrounded by a ‘bombardment of digital information.’ This painting is Hughes’ own response to the masses of information travelling at lightening speed through cyberspace in our increasingly digital world.
Nicola Jennings, "Are you right not to like modern art?" 2008, Te Manawa Museums Trust, Palmerston North.

Named Collection

Collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc.

Credit Line

Purchased 2007.
Image courtesy of the Artist.

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Sara Hughes

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