His chosen subjects — attractive women in their mid 20s to late 30s — are adorned with decorative patterns superimposed upon their faces. Combining photographic and geometric Rococo-inspired pattern brings to the surface ideas of symmetry, objects of decoration and feminine nature. A sense of either obstructed or assisted beauty is gained if approaching these works with a focus on their purely visual elements. However, the pattern acts simultaneously as a decorative element and a buffer or separation point from the viewer’s gaze.
The term Holding Pattern is used in aviation to describe a maneuver designed to delay aircraft already in flight while keeping it within a specified airspace. The demands that society places on young women to either perform professionally, marry, produce offspring, and/or build a family and home environment inspired Hudson to create this project.
The second iteration of the Holding Pattern series are not only much larger than their original counterparts but a further investigation into the parts they played as decorative objects and their element’s places in art history. Hudson began mirroring the women’s heads in a variety of way until settling upon what is now an ongoing body of work titled the Holding Pattern (2).