Lauren Hodder: Oxeye, Aster

Display Date: 
October 23, 2021 - February 7, 2022
Level 3 Harbour

Elbow Room Residency Series

After several years away from her home province, Lauren Hodder returned to St. John’s in the anxious times of the pandemic. She found solace walking Signal Hill, observing the land’s constant changes. This exhibition gathers Hodder’s experiments with new ways of making and looking, and her efforts to translate a true representation of her experiences in the land. Her paintings move between abstraction that explores the psychological nature of shapes and colour and recognizable representations of trees and rocks. As she reveals, an experience of the land can be a constantly shifting understanding of the self in relation to what one encounters, a push and pull of feelings as you make your way from flower to the horizon.

About the Artist

Lauren Hodder is an interdisciplinary artist from St. John’s, NL. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University, Halifax, in 2019 and completed an exchange semester at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 2017. Hodder has worked across visual art disciplines, including sculpture, video and print, but considers herself a painter at heart. She is interested in the poetics of colour and shape, as well as the ability of abstract painting to mimic what is found in the natural world.

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About the Elbow Room Residency

This exhibition is part of The Elbow Room Residency Series, which provides studio space and support for emerging artists in the province. To learn more or apply to the Elbow Room Residency Program:

Banner Image: Lauren Hodder, detail of “Mauve, Moss, Milkweed” (2021), oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
Exhibit page image: Lauren Hodder, detail of “Hauled myself out” (2021), oil on paper, 30.5 x 22.9 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.