KATE HODGETTS: THE EXCITINGNESS OF BEING

Cacophony_Digitial Print on Archival Paper_2019web
LAUNCH
5pm Saturday 23rd March 2019
Exhibition continues until 11th May 2019

“Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness”
Virginia Wolff, Modern Fiction (1919)

Minds distract easily. Stuck in a groove we ruminate on times past or times yet to pass. Without warning we are plucked from these loops and whisked down some other path of inquiry, we ask, “Was that wall always red?” We meditate, or try to, constantly focus focus focus focusing on the nostrils, where we first feel the breath. We get snapped away by a thought, we follow its track…

Gertrude Stein wrote “Artists do not experiment… An artist puts down what he knows and at every moment it is what he knows at that moment”.
A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose, and there are no accidents.

Kate Hodgetts was born in Tasmania and lives and works in Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Cultural Material Conservation from the University of Melbourne. Her current practice utilises both camera and camera-less photographic techniques and she literally pushes and pulls the medium to its physical limits. In this exhibition, The Excitingness of Being, intuition is key.  Guided by internal rhythm, the photographic negative is scored where the tool falls and both decisive moments and indecisive moments mingle together in the single frame. Hodgetts is interested in the traditional tropes of photography: memory and time, and her broader practice spans video, sound and photography.