The last few decades have seen enormous advances in the ability to image natural phenomena at ever decreasing scales, extending the process of visual understanding and mapping of our physical world. My work strives to explore and incorporate this new visual understanding.I use the computer as a metaphorical tool to reference technology as a defining element of our age and to bring this reference into the language of painting.
My current work transforms atomic particle collisions into line and color to 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. I aim for an intense visual experience where color, line, and form simultaneously coalesce and break down.
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.
I have also created animations which 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.
All of this work is an attempt to convey the omnipotence of an infinitesimal microcosm and a sense of the “Infinitesimal Sublime".
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.