My current work transforms atomic particle collisions into line and color to create animations, paintings and large-scale mosaic installations. I create hyper-energetic works composed of thousands of dots from simulated particle collisions. Colliding particles reveal structures and patterns of movement conjuring phenomena such as fireworks, waterfalls, vortexes and eruptions.
In the paintings, layer upon layer of overlapping dots and lines are hand-painted until they coalesce into iconic form. Colors are intuitively chosen and an image emerges in incremental stages as layer upon layer of dots accumulate. My latest works range from colored pencil on paper to acrylic ink on board.
My animations play out the act of painting dot by dot, giving the viewer an experience of forms growing, dissipating, and dissolving. Drawing in space and time, the animations slow down the act of viewing to become meditative. On large LED screens, the animations become large–scale paintings that move.
I have interpreted my paintings in large-scale commissions through the medium of glass tile mosaic. Using one small tile for each pixel in an image, the historic tradition of mosaic is brought into a contemporary digital vernacular.
All of this work is an attempt to explore a sense of the “Infinitesimal Sublime" - a feeling of being overwhelmed by the omnipotence of the infinitesimal microcosm.
Hodgkin’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in the U.S., Europe, Japan and India. She has been awarded fellowships from the Adolph & Esther Gottieb Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Americans for the Arts cited her permanent Public Art Project “Electromagnetic Fall” as one of the best public art projects for 2010. Her work is included public and private collections including the U.S. Library of Congress and the U.S. Department of State, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and the Basil Alkazzi Foundation.
Her work is included in Art+Science Now, a survey of artists working at the frontiers of science and technology. She teaches at Parsons/The New School.