By Bonny Zanardi 06/14/09
David and Hi-Jin Hodge spent a year filming the Pacific Ocean at the same time each day from their Half Moon Bay home, creating the film “Watertime,” a meditation on variability, time and change. They had careers as industrial designers before founding Hodge Pictures in 1999. Since then they have produced commercial and promotional films, documentaries and artistic installations.
Art Daily 3/14/09
The exhibition presents the many faces of Mami Wata—who is frequently portrayed as a mermaid, snake charmer or a combination of both—as well as other African water spirits. The presentation demonstrates the pervasiveness of the water deities, the centuries-long centrality of water and these spirits in the lives of people across many cultures and the relevancy and adaptability of Mami Wata images and beliefs in an ever-changing world.
A large video projection by artists David and Hi-jin Hodge called “Watertime” is suspended overhead in the gallery to evoke the presence of the ocean and other bodies of water that are so sacred to Mami Wata. A selection of key objects provides an overview of movements, images and ideas that have played major roles in the arts of Mami Wata.