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Bethan Hughes is an artist and researcher. Through animation, installation, print and writing, her work attempts to parse the ways in which biological and bodily forms—those sensual, unruly and decaying—are transformed by modes of technological, commercial and industrial processing.

Hughes has been investigating the use of natural rubber since early 2020. Scientific and archival research shows how closely this plant substance is intertwined with humans in the rise of capitalism, modernity and imperialism. Here, the long arm of colonial exploitation, technological innovation and the acceleration of the international rubber trade intersect with botany. Her experimental animations, as well as two- and three-dimensional artefacts, draw on broad narratives about how humans shape and are shaped by the world and its non-human actors.