‘The high point of the show, my prize-winner, however, was Hugh Hamshaw-Thomas with a remarkably simple but effective series of works. He lined a corridor space with flowers, all of them artificial, picked up from the street or graveyards. Arranging them like some 19th-century botanist, many were placed in bottles and plastic containers, as varied as the specimens they contained, and all neatly lined up on shelves. While these fake flowers never wither, some bore signs of wear; soiled and tattered by time they provided us with sad mementos, revealing the aura and pathos to be found in simulacra.’
Art Monthly / Mark Durden