plot on the landscape
Flowerbed - 2000
oil on board
January to 26 February 2001
With their minimal, pared-down look, redolent of absence, these
scenes create a metaphor for loss. We are obliged to augment them with
our own memories of landscape
Roy Exley, contemporary visual arts, January 2000
Nicky Hodge works small.
Paintings in series. Time spent in parks in a Polaroid blur. Sudden
birds and incongruous flower beds whistle past. A sense of transience
and lost detail. Familiar views often overlooked.
Similar to certain other contemporary artists, Nicky Hodge
presents landscapes that do not buy into faithful representations of
the real world. Instead they rely on metaphor, glimpses stolen,
partial views grasped in passing.
In a separate series of drawings, objects are remembered from
childhood. Small memories, little rites tells tales of pet hospitals,
dentures by the bed and Japanese dolls wigs.
Nicky Hodge studied at
Central St Martins College of Art and lives and works in south
London. She has had solo exhibitions in London and Birmingham. A
selection of her Polaroids was published this year in the Women
Artists Diary 2001.