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Style · March 4, 2016

Warrenton native creates Neiman Marcus mosaic

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Carter Hodgkin’s “Electromagnetic Division” covers 190 square feet on a curved wall at the Wilshire Boulevard store.
Carter Hodgkin grew up in Warrenton and earned a degree in fine art from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The mosaic features 97 different colors of tile from five countries.
New York artist Carter Hodgkin, a Warrenton native, received a commission for a dynamic glass tile mosaic recently installed at the Neiman Marcus department store in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“Art and science unite in Electromagnetic Division,” Ms. Hodgkin said. “Thousands of tiny colorful glass tiles form lines and coils which burst forth from the central locus of a curved wall.”

The Wilshire Boulevard store’s mosaic covers 190 square feet. It uses 30,162 tiles to realize the digital design, with each pixel corresponding to an individual tile.

Ms. Hodgkin selected 95 colors of specialty tile from five countries to achieve a rich combination of texture and color.

The artist applied a procedural drawing process with computer code to simulate atomic particles moving through the unique parameters of the architectural space. Silver, chromium and gold tiles reflect light while creating a dramatic sense of motion.

Electromagnetic Division originates in the rigor of the scientific experimental process, yet embraces the evocative and whimsical,” she said. “It transforms the notion of historical public mosaics into a modern scientific digital imaging vernacular.”

Ms. Hodgkin earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has earned fellowships from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York City and teaches at the Parsons School of Design.

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BJ · March 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm
Absolutely stunning creation of art!! Congratulations Ms. Hodgkin!
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