Eoin Mc Hugh creates imagery that is hyper-real and, at times, hyper-surreal. His approach to sculpture, painting and drawings is underpinned by a fascination with the psychology of images, psychoanalytic theory and histories of art, literature, language and mysticism. Mc Hugh’s work operates in the chasm between language and unconscious thought, giving physical expression to the most mysterious processes of the psyche and manifold phenomena of the world. His paintings present warped phantasmagoric visions executed with the precision and scrupulous clarity of 17th-century Dutch Old Masters, an enduring point of reference. Antiquarian objects such as display cases, dioramas, models, rugs, taxidermied creatures and curiosities are fragmented, reordered, dismembered or made uncanny. Mc Hugh’s oeuvre, at turns delicate and macabre, meditates on various metaphysical states of change including darkness and lightness, solidity and liquidity, softness and focus. At the core is a sense of mutability, invention and experimentation, prying into the dark caverns of the mind as well as the various forms of knowledge that have the power to illuminate it.
Eoin Mc Hugh lives and works in Berlin.