b. 1996.
Based in Devon
e-mail: joshdavidhuxham@hotmail.co.uk

 

I first discovered my interest in art as a young boy. It is difficult for me to pin point an specific age, for art feels as if it has always been apart of my life. As a keen sketcher I found myself drawing everyday as a child, even whilst at school during lessons. It wasn’t until secondary education that discovered my love for painting. During this time I found myself attracted to the freedom of holding a paint brush and using thick oils to form texture on a canvas. At this point in my life I also decided to explore photography. In the beginning I found myself wanting to pursue fashion photography but later on discovered the importance of photography to me. Exploring family archives, I came across a world captured by my Grandfather. Slides, sketchbooks and journals allowed me to take a journey into the past. Photography now became my focus. Using the camera as my tool, my earliest work was used as a means of therapy. With myself the subject, this work explored how photography can be used to tell stories, without text and without speech. Photography gave me a voice, at a time when I felt I didn’t. I began to explore combining my passion for painting and photography together, working in harmony to both project and conceal a narrative. After deciding to study a Photography degree at Plymouth College of Art, I then began to develop my practice and method.

Throughout my degree I found myself producing various works, all of which were exploring the theme of memory. I further explored painting with photographic media and also installation. The family became the epicentre of my practice and I began to focus my research on photography’s place within the domestic space and its role in discovering self-identity. During my studies I was shortlisted in LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Competition and also in FotoNow’s annual South West Graduate Photography Prize. I have exhibited work in various shows and successfully showcased two solo shows in my hometown of Plymouth. After graduating, I decided to continue my research and use this time to study at Masters Level. During this time my focus could be found on the archive and again, memory. Photographic practice during this time strayed away from using an actual camera and I was working a lot more hands on with collected vernacular photographs. I am currently at a place where decision making is difficult. Although I have noted down ideas for new work there has been little to no progress at all. I have continued collecting vernacular photography and this is a main focus of mine at this time.