Processes of growth and disintegration are the focus of Sam Hodge’s work with paint and print. She is particularly drawn to human-made objects that have been transformed by accident and weathering, collecting these and representing them using the etching and pressing processes of printmaking. The images that result are ambiguous, resembling biological and geological forms and reminding us of our material connections and entanglements.
Pelagic Plastic is a series of photopolymer etchings of translucent scraps of beach plastic washed up on the beach and collected by the artist on her walk around the coast of England and Wales. These discarded water bottles have been weathered and distorted by wave action to resemble the deep-sea creatures that they are replacing, reminding us of both our power to pollute the ocean and its power over us and our things. Sinking to the bottom of the sea bed, like the coccolith skeletons that made our chalk landscape in ancient oceans, they are future fossils, forming a new Anthropocene stratum.