Sam Hodge: Vital Matter

Events > 2019 > February > Sam Hodge: Vital Matter

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Created by Naila Scargill

The Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, London W11 1LR

[28.02.19] Sam Hodge is an artist who uses paint and print processes to investigate our shifting and tangled relationship with matter. Materials are constantly transforming; new forms emerge from simple physical processes such as erosion, compression, fracture and flow. Complex, self-organising patterns are repeated, but always different—matter is vital.

In this body of work, she has been interacting with the dynamic, generative properties of paint. Choosing colours that make reference to bodies and their representation (particularly anatomical illustration), she allows the paint to flow, erode, fracture or diffuse as it dries and responds to the patterns that emerge. These patterns of ridges, rivulets and pools appear biological, reminding us that we too are made of stuff that actively generates, morphs and disintegrates.

Even after they are ‘finished’ paintings are not static, passive objects and they continue to change slowly throughout their lifetimes. In some of these works she has encouraged this instability by choosing materials that will fade at different speeds over time.

For further information, visit the Muse Gallery’s site here

Naila Scargill
About Naila Scargill 248 Articles
Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.

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