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Get 'Entangled' in Deborah Hodder's Sculptures

Written by Amy Young Category: Visual Arts Issue: January 2016
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Photo courtesy Deborah HodderYou only need one look at Deborah Hodder’s current exhibition at downtown’s Five15 Arts Gallery to completely understand its title: Entangled. The show features the artist’s figurative ceramic sculptures, many of which fuse together multiple subjects into one piece.

Hodder’s attention to detail mixed with the obvious mastery of her medium allows each person in these works to have a strong individual presence, so rich with expression you can’t help but want to know their origin. As they intertwine, however, an added layer of strength and solidarity becomes apparent. Resoundingly, the work in Entangled shows the power that comes from shared experiences, both good and challenging. There is a simultaneous sense of benevolence and protection the pieces exude. Sole characters also seem to have that same resolved demeanor.

Hodder, who got her Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University with a specialization in printmaking, made the move to ceramics more than a decade ago and has become an award-winning ceramicist. She will be participating in the ASU Ceramic Research Center’s 15th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour on February 20 and 21. Entangled runs through January 31, with an artist reception on January 15 from 6-10 p.m.

If you go:
Five15 Arts
Admission is free
515 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
Regular gallery hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month;
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday
602-750-3845, five15arts.com