This sculptural feminine body features high relief carving which breaks through the cup and an almost iridescent glaze finish. The title references a line of a poem the artist wrote; an excerpt: “love me to my cracked sternum where the butterflies you brought flew from my stomach to burst through my chest because they could not be contained any longer (just like you)”.
Love Me to My, 2019
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.