SALON NINETY ONE
TO MAKE A LANDSCAPE FIT INDOORS
by JEANNE HOFFMAN
Normally, when preparing for a show, I drift between various mediums, setting up relationships between things. But the constraints of lockdown required a strategy of turning inward, of using whatever was at hand. I returned to collage: collecting fragments of whatever caught my eye and assembling them into arrangements that obediently fit within the edges of a page.
In To Make a Landscape Fit Indoors, I draw these collected impressions back into the space of painting. The transfer of the collage references into this new space was guided by the metaphor of the garden as an observation of change: A garden is at once static and continually moving a framed, bordered account of a state of perpetual transformation. It speaks of the tension between motion and stillness also inherent in artmaking the process of being formed, of becoming, a tension which also inhabits relationships between discrete elements of an artwork. In “becoming”, one piece is drawn into the territory of another, changing its value as an element and bringing about an unexpected unity. As Deleuze would say, the life of the work is in the intermezzo.
Engaging these intermezzos and in-between spaces, I worked from multiple perspectives, zooming in and out of the constructed landscapes, shifting focus between close-ups of textures and more distant views, often in the same work. At times, I stayed quite close to legible references in the collages. These material borrowings participate in an interplay between physical objects and their relation to the poetic objects of the imagination. Their peripheral presences point to relational meanings of the interdependent dualities of becoming/disintegrating, inside/outside and room/object. Frames and borders and frames within frames similarly interrogate the limits of the object and the room/object, inside/outside border.
– Jeanne Hoffman, August, 2020, Cape Town –
Jeanne Hoffman (b. 1978)
Working across diverse mediums and far-flung geographies, artist Jeanne Hoffman revels in the spaces between things. Paintings, drawings and ceramic objects function as dwelling points temporary shelters for thoughts as she explores the emotional and socio-cultural dimensions of place. Hoffman states: There is a direct correlation between travelling across a landscape and the path of a graphic mark that transforms a blank page into an imaginary space. Drawing translates then not only to three-dimensional artistic mediums and physical space, but also to a larger stage: Referential forms are assembled in relation with one another, creating movement, dialogue and meaning on the fringes of delineation.
Hoffman has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, both locally and abroad, and has participated in residencies in Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and South Africa.
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JEANNE HOFFMAN. The poetry of absence, 2020.