Aylsa McHugh lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. In 2002 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Aylsa’s most recent practice sees her utilising collage, appropriating images found in magazines and books. She is particularly focussed in the multitude of ways environmental narratives inform and colour our individual and collective psyches. Aylsa's debut solo exhibition Persona is the result of her ongoing investigations into marrying seemingly heterogeneous subject matter to create new and divergent readings. She is interested in how the recontextualizing and combining of found imagery can convey the uncanny. Persona is a series of paired images of vintage hair models with sculptures from the modernist period which enact simultaneously unsettling and elegant juxtapositions. These assemblages are compelling and perverse, disjointed yet harmonious, a celebration of the arcane and strangely beautiful. Aylsa would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which she is exhibiting, the Wurundjeri peoples of the Woi Wurrung language group. She would also like to acknowledge that the Wurundjeri people have never ceded these lands and have been caring for and living on Country, making and creating here, for many, many thousands of generations. She honours their Ancestors, Elders and next generations of community.