Carter Hodgkin is a contemporary artist known for her striking visual interpretations of physics: “I create visualizations of energy by transforming atomic particle collisions into line and color, revealing structures and patterns of movement.” Hodgkin utilizes traditional and digital mediums such as animation, printing, painting, drawing, glass tile mosaics, and computer coding/programming in bold, rich palettes to transform physics to art. She paints spirals of vibrant dots that resemble never ending whirlpools of color, and animates digital pieces that evolve and grow over several minutes. In all her work, she invites the viewer on a captivating, soothing, and beautiful visual journey that explores the relationship between art, technology, and science.
Hodgkin earned her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976 and studied at The San Francisco Art Institute in 1977. Her work has been collected by major institutions including The Stanford University Art Collection, The Library of Congress, The US State Department, and Goldman Sachs. She’s completed large-scale commissioned pieces for multiple corporations. Americans for the Arts named her public piece “Electromagnetic Fall” as one of the best public art projects in 2010. She’s received many awards from The New York Foundation for the Arts and The Pollock Krasner Foundation, and is a Professor at Parsons and The New School for Design.
You can watch a conversation discussing her artwork and inspirations with art advisor Danielle Wohl in the Talks with the Artists interview series below.