In the “Gaussian Blur” series, Carter Hodgkin incorporates electron-micrograph pictures of human tissue digitized and abstracted on a computer, and exposed on a photosilkscreen, a technique developed during Carter’s workspace collaboration. When the silkscreen is laid on top of a papermaking mould and a sheet of paper is formed, the silkscreen image “develops” inside the paper, a physical positive formed in pulp. The resulting images appear fossil-like, remnants of a human presence that have been preserved for posterity. The nature of the watermark, with its translucent quality, adds another layer of separation, making the subject even more remote.
Carter Hodgkin received a BFA in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Certificate of Advanced Multimedia from NYU.
Workspace Program artist-in-residence 1991