Emma Rani Hodges – winner of TAC’s 2019 EASS Award

Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Emerging Artist Exhibition Award
Tuggeranong Arts Centre Foyer Gallery
Until 18 December 2020

Emma Rani Hodges draws from the aspects of her cultural history left behind in the process of migration. The works are primarily constructed from fabric offcuts given to Hodges by her grandmother, a dressmaker in Thailand.

Barbie spoke to Emma Rani Hodges at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Each painting uses a fragment of poetic text that describes her and her mother’s longing and desire to rebuild connections to lost culture, language and places.

Included in many of the works are small cardboard shrines that mimic the Thai spirit houses built to maintain positive connections between the living and the dead.

For Hodges, the series is a symbolic space to explore her mixed heritage identity and feeling of cultural homelessness. By assembling these objects in an Australian gallery, she carves out a space for cultural diversity within an institutional context and asserts that storytelling is one of the oldest forms of building cultural consciousness.

Public workshop – 11am – 3pm, Saturday 31st October, Cost: $15pp. All ages. Materials provided, bookings essential at https:///www.trybooking.com/BLSXS

Image credit: Lachlan Richardson