Natalya Hughes
  • 'Natalya Hughes: The Interior', 2021.

  • 'Natalya Hughes: The Interior', 2021.

  • 'Natalya Hughes: The Interior', 2021.


Natalya Hughes

The Interior

30 July–01 October 202230 Jul–01 Oct 2022


Can we use the talking cure to solve society’s ‘problem’ with women?

Natalya HughesThe Interior invites audiences into an exaggerated consultation room, playfully furnished for psychoanalysis. The immersive installation—combining sculptural seating, richly patterned soft furnishings, and uncanny objets d’art, nestled around a hand-painted mural—generates a stimulating space to unpack our collective and unconscious biases.

Interested in the role of women and their historical absence from positions of power, Hughes’ part-professional, part-domestic setting plays with gendered power dynamics between public and private space. The bespoke couches that dot the gallery take their lush contours from the shapes of the female body, while motifs of eyes, rats, and snakes from Freud’s patient case studies ripple over their detailed upholstery.

Audiences are invited to recline and be enveloped, soothed and held, by the furniture’s womanly forms, while taking turns playing analyst and patient. Throughout this bodily encounter, The Interior offers a space where women can be reimagined on different terms in a post–Me Too world.

Curated By
  • Tulleah Pearce
Off-Site Venues
Artist Bio
Natalya Hughes

Natalya Hughes is concerned with decorative and ornamental traditions and their associations with the feminine, the body, and excess. Her recent work investigates the relationship between famous modernist painters and their anonymous women subjects.

Hughes completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, in 2001, and a PhD in Art Theory at the College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2009.

Her work has been included in shows at Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane (2019, 2017, and 2012), Artspace in Sydney (2016), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (2015), Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne (2009), and Tarrawarra Museum of Art (2006). Hughes won the Sunshine Coast Art Prize in 2020.

Hughes lives in Brisbane and is Honours Program Director, Visual Arts, at the Queensland College of Art. She is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney.

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