A Dove In The Bell Jar: Explorations of Microworlds
A Dove In The Bell Jar is the first solo retrospective of Julia Hodgson's ongoing photomicrography practice. The exhibition presents a series of digital C-type prints of magnified specimens, spanning a number of fields. Prints are segmented into groups including aquatic, insectoid, mineral, and cellular, with abstract formal narratives emerging from their groupings.
The resultant images are the outcome of a process of microscopic exploration, selected purely for their formal and textural properties. This is in contrast to the typical approach of scientific microscopy, which is driven by functional objectives. Hodgson's approach is closer to that of a painter, composing each frame based on aesthetic judgments.
Specimens are sourced with no fixed methodology, but are often found or gifted to the artist.
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