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Camille Hoffman

Winter Workspace | January 2 - February 12, 2018


Pictured Above: Camille Hoffman in her Winter Workspace studio. Courtesy of Wave Hill. 

Camille Hoffman's current work is a mixed-media meditation on Manifest Destiny and its representation in the romantic American landscape. Reflecting on the embedded and latent meanings around light, nature, the frontier, borders, race, gender and power in influential American landscape paintings of the 19th century, she uses materials collected from her everyday life, including holiday-themed tablecloths, discarded medical records, nature calendars, plastic bags and paint, to craft imaginary landscapes that are grounded in accumulation, personal narrative and historical critique. Her paintings are layered geographies, in which these fragments of cultural objects are chromatically twisted and blended into complex wholes. Taking inspiration from the Philippine weaving and the Jewish folk traditions of her ancestors, along with traditional landscape painting techniques from her academic training, she interweaves image with refuse in order to reveal seamless yet textured transcultural contradictions. Disrupting visual perception, her scraps of materials take on new life, becoming a vehicle of territorial reclamation and spiritual agency for the artist amid the pressures of economic and political globalization.

During the Winter Workspace, Hoffman drew inspiration from Wave Hill’s Hudson River site and worked from historical references related to the Hudson River School. Her large paintings explore alternative topographies through integrating material remnants of contemporary life and culture at and around Wave Hill. Hoffman's interest in this site’s proximity - both geographically and historically - to this art movement was also a point of research.

Hoffman was a recipient of the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in Painting from Yale University. In 2017, she was one of three Artist in Residence at QueenSpace in Long Island City. Hoffman was also the 2017 Van Lier Fellow at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City where her solo Fellow Focus exhibition, Pieceable Kingdom is on display until April 8th, 2018. 

Landing (Mist Parts Over Columbus Circle), 2017, medical records, credit card offers, tiki decorations, nature calendars, plastic tablecloths, plastic bags, Dora the Explorer puzzle pieces, photo, maps and oil on chicken wire and wood, 48 x 66 x 4 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


Learn more about the artist here

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.