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I am compelled to respond through my art to the historical and political events of our time. My sadness and anger over the outrages, suffering and utter uselessness of war has run like a dark thread through much of my work over the years.

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Hiroshima Mother
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Memorial With Crying HeadSept 11 Series
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Shattered City With ArchesSept 11 Series - Private collection
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Dark Vision/Bosnia
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Vietnam Memorial ReflectionsBrandeis University, Farber Library
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Blowout/British PetroleumPrivate collection: Bonita Springs, FL
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Blowout/Melancholia
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American Ritual #1Private Collection Los Angeles California
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American Ritual #3Private Collection Cambridge Massachusetts
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American Ritual #5These paintings are about the numbed witnessing and public mourning after the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. The series is a closely organized group of eight canvases that begins with a realistic, multi-image treatment of the funerals and then evolves into more and more abstract and strongly expressionist compositions.
Emmanuel College
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Three Minutes to MidnightCommission by PSR (physicians for Social responsibility), the
image derives from Adam and Eve by Durer. The Nuclear Clock, from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
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Peace March New York CityOne of many paintings inspired by the June 12th Peace March in 1982 of 1 million people marching for a nuclear weapons freeze. Our group, Artists For Survival, designed the Save Life on Earth Posters that were carried by hundreds of citizens attending this moving and hopeful event.

Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME
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Prague and the Jewish Cemetery"In another concurrence of direct observation and imagination 'Prague and the Jewish Cemetery', Hodes reconstructs her emotional encounter with what is in fact one of Europe's most confined burial grounds.... In Hodes's moving homage, the cemetery (and history) has been liberated and tombstones now stand along a hillside overlooking the city of Prague." -- Susan L. Stoops in "City Reflections" catalog from exhibition at the Bunting Institute 1996
     
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