“This piece is a part of the Historic Jar Collection and references Bernini’s marble sculpture of the same name. While Bernini created an erotic scene to be housed in the Cornaro Chapel, Hodge seats the two women in a domestic setting signaled by the style of chair. Further, by replacing the angel figure with another woman, she highlights women’s capacity to spiritually enrich one another.”
The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, 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.