Lizzie Hughes makes meticulously detailed works that are often produced following long periods of obsessive research. Her approach to collecting and then structuring data has allowed her to remotely explore distant landscapes and briefly enter the private worlds of others.

To this end, she has made an audio portrait of The Empire State building by telephoning and speaking to office workers on each of its eighty floors; an electronic map that shows the graphic outlines of over thirty nine thousand swimming pools located in the city of Las Vegas and 4,007 Horizons a video work that transforms generic seaside snapshots into a dazzling journey around the globe.

Not confined to digital media, Hughes has worked with text, performance, found objects and during a recent residency at The William Morris Gallery hand forged steel. Her most recent work, The Weather in Paris in 1909, is a collection of over three hundred picture postcards all sent from Paris in the year 1909. The cards are unified by their handwritten messages that refer to the state of the weather at the time of writing. The consistent notes about sunshine, wind, rain and snow are interspersed with fragments of other people’s lives from which we can infer a plethora of private narratives.

Since completing her studies at The Slade School of Fine Art she has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad. Her work has been shown in galleries including Kettle’s Yard, The Whitechapel Gallery and Camden Arts Centre. In 2005 she won the Mostyn Open Prize and in 2013 was a recipient of the Acme Fire Station Award.