Sam Hodge is an artist concerned with how things are made and how they fall apart. She makes paintings and prints exploring the role of chance and accident in these processes, but is also interested in how we respond to these chance events and try to make sense of them; making collections that give value to the selected and connections that imbue the ambiguous with meaning.
She is fascinated by the conventions and appearance of scientific collections and illustrations. She collects specimens of both natural and unnatural history, combing the pavements and roads of Hackney, beaches, her house and studio, for appealing pieces of rubbish. This is done in a subjective rather than systematic way, to understand the process of selection as much as the objects themselves. The objects are then transformed, for example by pressing and etching them into a plate in a manner similar to fossilization. This metamorphosis results in images that blur the boundaries between the man-made, the geological and the biological.
In the last few years Sam Hodge has been particularly drawn to broken glass, tracing crack patterns in windows and mobile screens and reproducing the fractures using traditional printing techniques. She is responding to the destructive work of a moment with painstaking craft, drawing attention to the diversity of structure and form in the patterns made and connecting them with the history of representation of natural forms. The transformation of glass into print also encourages the viewer into pareidolia - the tendency to invest abstract, randomly produced shapes with meaning.