1963 Born Cheam, Surrey
1985 BA Hons History, Westfield College, London University
2001 BA Hons Fine Art, Solihull College, Coventry University
2003 MA Visual Performance, Dartington College of Arts
Working in many different ways, with different media, there are ‘strands’ which are bound together by conceptual uses of text, words and writing.
Objets-Textes are small assemblage works that examine the use of poetic and narrative text in combination with objects. Liquid Selves are made by dripping bitumen paint, fluidly exploring and positing the possibility for multiple selves. Bitumen paint is a significant medium in Delpha’s practice, she says ‘there is a compulsive beauty in the almost automatic outlines made by the bitumen. The bitumen is like ‘mothery’, the simple slime that we crawled out of. It is about origin, the place where we came from. There is only limited control, and there is magical happenstance in its use’.
Bitumen is also used in a series of small drawings simply entitled ‘ Through’, relating to shared bodily experience. Each drawing is sanded down, layered up and numbered. Layering and palimpsest, is an important concept in paintings where oil colour is also used with bitumen and text, with layer upon layer of meaning in combination.
As well as her own video and performance practice, Delpha has co-directed Art Surgery with Andy Whall, curating performance and live art projects such as A Sense of Place (1999) and Tract (2005). She has made site-specific performance for Tate St Ives Cornwall Art Now, and other projects including Stringing a Sentence Together, (London), SEEN, (Leicester), VAIN, (Oxford), Crossing Time Festival, and Art, what is it good for? (Dartington). Currently working with CAZ (Cornwall Automonous Zone) curating Salon de Textes, an art salon for art and artists who work with text.
Current site-specific sound performance work with Nigel Bispham, includes SAW SINGS, at the Acorn Theatre, and RED HERRING! At Suspended Sentences, 2013.
Video work has been shown in Ireland, Edinburgh, Serbia, London and Exeter. For show details please see website (cv page): http://www.delphahudson.co.uk/sample-page/cv-and-contact/