Hailey Hodge was born in raised in Sumter, SC, and is currently located in Florence, Italy. Hodge received her BS in Business Marketing from Converse College in 2013 and a BFA in Printmaking 2014. She is currently an MFA candidate in printmaking at The University of Mississippi. Hodge’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Greece, the United Kingdom, and across the U.S. Her current work focuses on intimate, yet distant, encounters that humans experience with space through light and shadow.
“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses—learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” -Leonardo DaVinci
Light surrounds us. It brings us life, health, sight, and understanding. In my new body of artwork, I am interested in how humans perceive light and how it can change, reflect, project through, and intensify an object. The United Nations declared 2015 to be the year of light. Through this endeavor, they are educating the public on how light works. I am using the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) data on light in space. By eliminating the dark matter of space in my images, I am able to explore the complexity of how light works without the darkness. I am using transparent and reflective materials to utilize light in the composition as much as possible. The shadows that the light creates on the walls behind the transparent prints on plexiglass are as important to me as the print itself. Through this work I hope to inspire and educate the viewer on light’s properties, how to perceive light in a different way, and to appreciate the complexities and impact the sun’s light has on our lives.