Jim Hodges on Hailand toile works

..Fantasy and play are both present in these creations....the artist is drawn to beauty, a kind of distancing beauty associated with fame and & perfection; that isolates us from it. Never do we occupy the seat of the voyeur more than when in the presence of ideal human beauty especially when it is glazed in fame....what does it mean to veil these bodies, to embed them in a field of bucolic idealism, tattooing them and at times disrupting the beauty to the point of overpowering it...a wrestling match between subject and ground...the threshold to the endless possibility of casual and playful juxtaposition...a conjured world that finally liberates these isolated subjects from the prison of Mt. Olympus and drops them into a world integrated and animated by fantasy, where beauty is relegated to the service of play and imagination....

Jim Hodges 2015