A missed turning, a howling wind and an unseen pavement gully did not put me in the best frame of mind as I approached The Whitechapel Gallery to see a retrospective of Hannah Hoch’s work.
Midweek the gallery was awash with A level art students busy with their pencils and crayons (whispered back biting and furtive over the shoulder looking) oblivious to the rest of the visiting public. I was however in for a treat! Hoch’s work largely using the technique of photomontage is intriguing, playful and clever.
Over the past few weeks I have been trying to work out exactly why it is so fascinating. I think it is due to the way she so instinctively juxtaposes dismembered body parts, thrown out of proportion, with all sorts of other odd and unlikely things. Once seen they are hard to forget and another source of inspiration to add to my ever expanding pile.