Changing Things

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Artist

Jim Hodges ( American, 1957 )

DATE:
1997
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General Description

Jim Hodges's art references ideas of traditional beauty and intense emotion. Drawing on commonly understood symbols, objects, and formats, Hodges expresses a spirit of human interconnectedness and interdependency in works that are richly metaphorical. In Changing Things, Hodges placed 342 individual components of disassembled artificial silk flowers in a rhythmic pattern across a wall. Flowers, a token of romance and death, are a recurring motif for Hodges. Here they function as a poignant memento mori, underscoring the transitory nature of life and love. Hodges evokes the fragility and precariousness of life while celebrating its mysteries and beauty.

Adapted from

  • Bonnie Pitman, ed., "Changing Things (1998.44); "and still this" (2008.33.a-j)," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 348-49.

  • Charles Wylie, Celebrating Sculpture: Modern and Contemporary Works from Dallas Collections, 2003.

  • DMA unpublished material, 1998.