Drawings

Although known primarily for her paintings, Hood consistently created drawings throughout her career and her works in this medium highlight her sure hand and expert draftsmanship. She began drawing as a child and continued to obsessively work with pen and ink until the mid-1970s. At that time, her process began to affect her health and her productivity in this medium. Working while standing and looking down at the paper, rendering precise and detailed expressionistic imagery caused damage to the vertebra in her neck, bringing acute pain. To accommodate her injury, Hood changed her process and incorporated delicate, spare lines, and expansive space as seen in the drawings from the late 1970s until her death.
Early in her career in Mexico, Hood focused on drawings for practical reasons due to moving frequently and a lack of financial resources. Despite her desire to paint more, Hood’s drawings chart her evolution as an artist and are key to understanding her interests throughout the decades. Her earliest portrait drawings fit the conservative art programs of her schooling. The anti-war drawings of the early 1940s reflect her relationships with many artists exiled from their home countries due to war, and her works from the 1950s and 1960s demonstrate the influence of the surrealist artists she kept company with while residing in Mexico. In the 1970s and beyond, Hood explored the same themes found in her paintings: explorations of other cultures, nature, water, outer space, and the inner mind. Of her drawings, Hood stated, “I did many pen and ink drawings—metaphoric, metaphysical, and metabolic studies of nature with a Freudian edge—work on many levels of consciousness at once. … The drawings were a little frightening, for they produced in me an adventure into the unknown, a transference of inner realms going to outer space, which left the body outside gravity—I, the lone and fragile voyager traveling a dangerous road.”

Space of the Mind’s Eye, 1961
Space of the Mind’s Eye, 1961 Ink on paper 20 x 26 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.13

Space of the Mind’s Eye, 1961

Untitled, 1954
Untitled, 1954 Ink on paper 18 ½ x 26 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.7

Untitled, 1954

My Childhood, ca. 1954
My Childhood, ca. 1954 Ink on paper 20 ½ x 26 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.11

My Childhood, ca. 1954

Look to the Arms, 1942
Look to the Arms, 1942 Ink on parchment paper 10 1/4 x 14 ¾ inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.4

Look to the Arms, 1942

Untitled (Ms. Georgiana Hood)
Untitled (Ms. Georgiana Hood), 1935 Charcoal and graphite on paper 24 ½ x 19 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.2

Untitled (Ms. Georgiana Hood)

Untitled (Mrs. Dorothy Norwood)
Untitled (Mrs. Dorothy Norwood), 1935 Pencil and charcoal on paper 24 ½ x 19 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.3

Untitled (Mrs. Dorothy Norwood)

Untitled (Mr. Frank Hood), 1935
Untitled (Mr. Frank Hood), 1935 Charcoal on paper 25 x 19 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.1

Untitled (Mr. Frank Hood), 1935