I therefore made a point of visiting her recent show, Every Contact Leaves a Trace, at 195 Mare Street, one of the oldest buildings in Hackney with a rich history.
Her work explores place and the mutability of materials and objects over time. The concepts of growth, disintegration and transformation fit well into this stripped-back space, itself so full of traces from past lives.
Pigments, often sourced from materials found during her walks, are ground, manipulated and pressed to produce pieces that remind me of dissected organs, botanical specimens, landscape formations.
Hodge also makes prints of found human-made objects, discarded as rubbish. These gain new life and beauty as abstract compositions.
Please click on the links above to learn more about both Hodge’s work and 195 Mare Street.