Carter Hodgkin explores a new language of abstraction created by the intersection of science and the algorithm. Her work transforms atomic particle collisions into line and color to create animations, paintings and large-scale mosaic installations.

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.


Inspired by physics, I use the lines of colliding atomic particles to explorea new language of abstraction in paintings, animations and mosaics.

Using digital technology to simulate particle collisions, I create hyper-energetic, cascading compositions from thousands of vibrantly-hued dots which grow, dissipate and dissolve. These colliding particles explore invisible forces to reveal structures and patterns of movement; conjuring phenomena such as fireworks, waterfalls, vortexes and eruptions.

In my paintings, I hand-paint overlapping tiny dots which transform technological scientific imagery into a tactile, gestural form as the image succumbs to the touch of the human hand.

My animations play out the act of painting dot by dot, giving the viewer an experience of forms growing, dissipating, and dissolving. They display the act of drawing in space and time, slowing down the act of viewing and becoming meditative. On large LED screens, the animations become large–scale paintings that move.

Negotiating between stasis and movement, the work charts a metaphoric territory where gesture, line, motif and color bring drawing and painting into architectural space. Binding together concepts of time and process, they represent an interaction with space to map transitory forces that compel progression and growth.