Apophony anemone

Apophony anemone

Ben Blick-Hodge


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Exhibition Description

According to myth, anemones arose from Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of Adonis - a union of the ethereal and the muck. Flowers are a sensuous gamble of life and death; sometimes representing a final expenditure of energy in the lifecycle of plants. The blood, sweat and tears that go into such wagers is a havoc cast across the spectrum of living things.  

Apophony (in linguistics) is any change in the pronunciation of a word to alter its meaning. Often it is the only bridge between the conformity of a written word, and the elasticity of a spoken word. The Apophony series explores a similar interplay in sets of interrelated systems. In these pairs of systems there is generally one rigid, and one more flexible. I am drawing attention to the space between by removing some of it. There is the linkage between mathematics and biology: biological forms are recast with the symmetry found in the most fundamental quanta of life. Then there is the relation between objects and ideas: flower and gynoecium are kaleidoscopically faceted in apparent fabrications, but lit and framed to produce the impression of documented objects. 


This exhibition is outdoors. Please check what COVID-19 restrictions are in place before you visit.

Artist Bio

Sydney photo media artist Ben Blick-Hodge is driven by curiosity regarding the act of observation. His work deals in conflating visual cues. He casts natural objects into kaleidoscopic geometry, allowing fate to arrange them into patterns. He combines differing perspectives to produce immeasurable points of view. 

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