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Flowers Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective of works
by Carole Hodgson. The exhibition surveys her versatile material
range and the personal visual vocabulary with which she describes
the awareness and sensation of nature.
For over 40 years, Hodgson has drawn upon the landscape as the
central source of inspiration for her work. Her distinctive vision
of the natural world, expressed with precision and clarity in her
sculpture and drawings, reflects a finely tuned sensitivity to her surroundings.
Bringing together two and three-dimensional works from
1970-2014, the exhibition includes several of Hodgson's earliest
experimentations with polished aluminium, silver-plated copper and
plaster from the 1970s; patinated bronze figures from the 1980s;
large-scale explorations of lightweight sculptural materials such
as cellulose fibre with iron from the 1990s; and a selection of
drawings, which she has continued to develop over the entire course
of her artistic career.
Hodgson's lexicon of shapes and motifs derives from the
preserved memory of her close, active observations and from
discoveries during the process of making. Hodgson's
'shape-consciousness' can be traced back to early fascinations with
archaeology and the sculpture of ancient Greece and Rome, however
it is through the revelations of making that her personal vision
has found its true form.
The notion of discovery is central to her work. Her drawings,
produced with graphite on paper, are made up from hundreds of
individual marks, a process by which Hodgson 'finds' the drawing
without a predetermined image in mind. Similarly, her process of
casting from negative moulds in her sculptural works allows the
form to reveal itself over time, throughout the long gestational
period of its construction, and in the small chance details
disclosed in the final unwrapping.
Hodgson's work has been described as being "both
of the land and of mankind, of its time and timeless."
(Joan Bakewell) Seen during this period in our history, when the
environment appears to be constantly under threat, whether through
expanding development, environmental change, or natural disaster,
Hodgson's work offers quiet reflection on our innate and vital
connection to the land, what we have discovered and what we might
"We seek the stillness of remote places to
soothe our panic at global combust. We find in the deep reaches of
rock and ravine a balm to modern anxieties. Hodgson's work both
derives from and pays regard to these present sensibilities."
- Joan Bakewell