A public garden & cultural center

Camille Hoffman

Winter Workspace 2018

Pictured Above: Pieceable Kingdom, 2017; oil, plastic Thanksgiving tablecloth, digital print of Edward Hicks’ 1834 Peaceable Kingdom, Whole Foods bag, Dollar Tree bag, “We Care We Recycle” bag, golf course calendar, Thank You Thank You bodega bag on plaster, aluminum and wood, 20 x 19 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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During the Winter Workspace, Hoffman will draw inspiration from Wave Hill’s Hudson River site and work from historical references related to the Hudson River School.  She is planning large paintings that explore alternative topographies through integrating material remnants of contemporary life and culture at and around Wave Hill. Hoffman is also interested in this site’s proximity - both geographically and historically - to this art movement. The artist will further examine this location as situated within an economically and culturally divided Bronx community, a land with deep-rooted history in Lenape displacement, European settlement, grounds and studio, making plain air studies while incorporating specific imagery into her landscapes.

Hoffman was a recipient of the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in Painting from Yale University.  She was the 2017 Van Lier Fellow at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Artist in Residence at QueenSpace in Long Island City.

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.

Camille Hoffman will be present for Drop-In Studio Sundays from 1-3PM on January 28 and February 4.

Learn more about the artist here

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 

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