“This piece is part of the Historic Jar collection and references Paul Gauguin’s painting titled “Two Tahitian Women.” By reinventing the composition so that the women are nourishing one another, the original, highly objectifying work is countered with the feminine gaze and an understanding of how women relate to and provide for one another.”
The Fruits of Our Labor, 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.