2009, BTEC Foundation Diploma Art & Design
The Ashcombe School, 2009, BTEC Foundation Diploma Art & Design
Chloe Hodge is a film and installation artist whose work is a combination of nostalgia, beauty and the uncanny. Every element of her work derives from a series of 8mm films inherited from her Grandparents – filmed in New Zealand, and across the world between 1948 and 1972.
Chloe digitally manipulates and adds soundtracks to this footage to create bizarre and unnerving fictional narratives, which detract from the idea of family movies and give the work a much darker tone. These narratives are partly dictated by her knowledge of the family members featured in the films, but more born out of her imagination, following the idea of an unreachable and surreal world.
In addition to creating narratives, digital manipulation is used to emphasize the cracks and imperfections of 8mm film to both reference the fragmentation of memory and to lament the replacement of analogue filmography by contemporary digital techniques.
All of her film work is presented within 3D installations - physical replicas of imagery from the films - to take the audience deeper into an other-worldly experience, whilst sometimes setting up a voyeuristic viewing angle to shift the audience into the position of subject.
Chloe’s work is intended to be timeless: using modern film techniques to celebrate its analogue predecessor, conveying the way the old becomes the new, as audience simultaneously becomes subject and reality becomes fiction.