Print maker Sam Hodge turns smashed mobile phones into art. A collection of 39 drawings of broken screens and their stories have been published in a numbered edition of 750.
‘A Catalogue of Misfortune has emerged from my fascination with people’s smashed mobile screens and the stories of how they got broken. I make intricate drawings of the crack patterns; transforming 21st Century technological mishaps into delicate web-like prints using the traditional technique of drypoint.
These drawings are juxtaposed with short texts based on interviews with the unfortunate owners. Their stories give us a snapshot of their daily lives, while their efforts to make sense of their accidents and come to terms with them reveal diverse attitudes towards chance events, modern technology, imperfection and the impermanence of things.’ Sam Hodge
Adam: Adam has an old type of HTC, which used to belong to his Mum. Angry, because it kept turning off randomly, he threw it at a wall. It fell face down onto his bed and when he turned it over and saw that it was smashed, his heart dropped. It still works fine though and it looks quite cool. It is a nice break he thinks. He hopes he might get a new phone soon because this one is getting old.
Alanna: There was somebody watching who saw the whole thing. She slipped on a leaf while walking along listening to music and dropped her iPhone, which smashed on the pavement because it didn’t have a cover. It is always a bit embarrassing when someone sees you wreck your own phone and her first thought was to try and get away as soon as possible. It still works perfectly fine and as she is very lazy she can’t be bothered to fix it. She will get a new one eventually. The cracks make a good conversation piece; a lot of people have asked, “What happend to your phone?”
Stefano: Stefano’s phone was trodden on in a nightclub. It still works. It has been like this for months now and it doesn’t seem to bother him much.
Jake: Although he doesn’t like to admit it, Jake did cry (slightly) when his iPod broke. He was running about at a festival with the iPod in his back pocket and when he took it out to check the time, he realised that the screen had been horribly smashed by a metal stud poking out of his jeans. It took a whole load off his back that the touchscreen wasn’t broken and his iPod wasn’t dead forever, but the lines are quite annoying when you want to watch or do something.