Chloë Hugo-Hamman uses textiles that she hand stitches in order to create work that is rich in colour and texture. Through her choice of fabrics and the way that she stitches it she is able to make shapes that are irregular and three dimensional.
Shapes are accompanied by words and together they allow the viewer to explore ideas of chronic illness.
The artist is exploring what it means to be chronically and ill and the way that society attempts to deal with the people who will be ill for extended periods of time.
Questions that are raised involve unpacking how the widespread use of western medicine in dealing with disease and illness and understanding the role of language in the diagnosis of disease.
However, what is of most interest in the artist’s work is the way that she dissects the role that gender has in a relationship between doctor and patient and how this manifests in the understanding of pain and, in particular, systematic experiences of gender based violence and abuse.