This sculpture features a white and black scraped surface with hints of blue glaze gathered in some crevices. The arm carries a quote around the form which reads,” There is such a thing as a nonviolent fist. -Andrea Gibson.” The piece was intentionally built to be heavy, as a symbol of the weight of racial injustice that permeates American culture.
Fist is Not a Fight, 2016
Alex Hodge was always drawn to the arts and regularly channeled her creativity as a child whether in watercolor classes or scrapbooking with her mother. Hodge focuses on prioritizing women’s narratives in all aspects of her work. Through the decorative and symbolic details, she hints at narratives without completing them to invite the viewer to participate in creating meaning. The women she invents exist in the present but is of the imagined future in which we all have room to flourish, to tell our stories, to give and receive love, and to express the beauty and pain of the human condition. Fundamentally, her artworks are a celebration of the tenacity and vulnerability of women and clay, an interplay of history and hope.