Fusing physics, digital technology and painting, I simulate atomic particle collisions to create hyper-energetic compositions. Thousands of vibrantly-hued particles explode and implode in a state of flux, conjuring falls, explosions or volcanos. An exploration of instability and uncertainty, this work alludes not only to the behavior of atomic particles, but to emotional states of tumult, tension, and unease.
Carter Hodgkin’s work is based on visualizations of energy, inspired by particle physics and forms in nature. Employing simulation design in an animation process of interacting particles, she aims for an intense visual experience where color, line, and form trace movement, energy and space. Her working process is an interplay between sophisticated digital means woven into traditional media with an emphasis on the hand.
Carter Hodgkin interviewed by Roz Dimon, May 4, 2021.