Pictures and poems. As a painter, Frieda Hughes exhibits regularly and latterly has used the emotional and psychological elements of her poems as the basis for accompanying images, thereby combining what she calls ‘the two driving forces’ of her life. This combination of disciplines is the basis for her latest illustrated poetry collection, Alternative Values.
Frieda recreates her people through her poems, exploring their relationships with one another, their strengths and weaknesses, their idiosyncratic behaviour, their challenging personalities, and their means of communication.
The abstract images in Alternative Values are Frieda’s visual response to her own written material.