Sam Hodge is an artist working with painting and printmaking to investigate our tangled and shifting relationship with matter. Materials transform, with new forms and complex patterns emerging from simple physical processes such as erosion, compression, fracture and flow. She is interested in how we respond to instability and chance in our metamorphosing material world and try to make sense of it, making collections that give value to the selected and connections that imbue the ambiguous with meaning.
The objects we make fall apart. They are transformed by physical processes, obscuring their original function and making more apparent their similarity to biological and geological forms. Sam Hodge collects specimens of this (un)natural history: things abandoned, eroded, smashed or squashed flat and transforms them further using the etching and pressing processes of print, drawing visual connections with natural history collections and illustrations.
In her painting, Sam Hodge interacts with the dynamic, generative properties of paint. She allows the paint to flow, erode and fracture as it dries and then ages and responds to the patterns that emerge over time. Although a manufactured product, the material properties of paint mean that it is shaped by similar processes to those that shape the natural world, creating paint-scapes that are analogous to, rather than representations of, landscapes, bodies or things.