Sam Hodge is an artist working in painting and printmaking to investigate our shifting and tangled relationship with matter. She is interested in how we respond to instability and chance in our metamorphosing material world and try to make sense of it, making collections that give value to the selected and connections that imbue the ambiguous with meaning.
“The objects we make fall apart. They are transformed by physical processes, obscuring their original function and making more apparent their similarity to biological and geological forms.”
Hodge collects specimens of this un-natural history; things abandoned, eroded, smashed or squashed flat, and transforms them further using the etching and pressing processes of print, drawing visual connections with natural history collections and illustrations.
In this series of prints, the artist used pieces of fibreglass discarded and left on the floor by her studio neighbour, a sculptor. Initially annoyed by the mess, she began to realise that the randomly torn shapes had a hairy power and presence. She pressed them into soft-ground on zinc plates to make etched impressions that encourage us Pareidolia - the investing of random shapes with meaning.