Dannielle Hodson (born 1980, lives and works in London) was educated at Central St. Martins, London (BA Womenswear Fashion Design, MA Fine Art) and is a graduate of the Turps Banana studio painting programme. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and public institutions including: Dannielle Hodson: A Triumph of Life, Four You Gallery, Paris (2022); ‘Miniscule Venice’, satellite programme 58th Venice Biennale (2019, in association with Cross Lane Projects); ‘An Art School’, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern (2017), and the National Open Art Competition 2016, Mercer’s Hall, London, where she won the Roy Pace Award. She is a Trustee of the contemporary art charity Outside In.
Another Kind of Life
Four You Gallery and London based artist Dannielle Hodson invite us to experience ‘Another kind of Life,’ an exhibition of oil paintings. Grounded by the humble medium of paint, these works “involve(s) both embellishment and sublimation, creation and destruction” and track the artists “shifting focus, stimuli and emotional state over the gestation period of a given canvas.” The works do in fact grow and change, pregnant with the fluidity of life and emotion. They allow the contents of their own, unique worlds to be free and undefined.
Her figures, those that you can comprehend that is, appear faceless or imprudently grinning: ghosts of previous full-bodied forms. Such characters are symbolic of the susceptibility of humans, we can be pushed and moulded to become something entirely other. This is exactly how Hodson paints, building and collapsing space, finding and folding hierarchies. She uses mark-making to reveal and lose in conjunction.