ELIZABETH FEATHERSTONE HOFF
February 25- March 16, 2013
Reception, Thursday, March 7, 6 – 8 pm.
Wine and words: Sat. March 16, 4 – 6 pm.
Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to present “RECEIVED IMAGES”, a solo exhibition of mixed media works by the artist ELIZABETH FEATHERSTONE HOFF. The exhibit will continue from February 25- March 16, 2013 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 7th, 6 – 8 pm and a Wine and Words event with the artist on Saturday, March 16,4:00 – 6:00pm. During the opening reception, the Lou Hoff Jazz Trio with piano, bass and alto sax will be performing.
The artist Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff states that her images come to her “unawares”, hence the show title, “Received Images”. Hoff’s presentation is always a mixture of sculpture and painting, often issue-oriented but the artist feels she would prefer that viewers find their own meanings in what they see. Her sculpture is sensate and she follows the message and instructions given her by the materials she is working with. The artist possesses a photographic memory for images and though she often plans a work from start to finish, most of what she creates evolves out of the work as it is being created.
As a child, Hoff could not see with any clarity until she was almost four years old and learned to first “see” through the use of her hands and ears. Perhaps as a result, she sees things differently still, but her differently wired vision only adds to her visual perception and expression.
There is a diverse list of things that she cares about and that inspire each work. Her reactions to motherhood and the state of the environment are high on that list, but events like 9/11, that have affected us all, also find places in her work, both directly and indirectly.
The artist came to Viridian as a winner in Viridian’s 22nd International Juried Exhibition curated by Elisabeth Sussman in 2011. In that exhibit Hoff showed two ceramic sculptural figures of women, both of which evoked an almost tribalistic aura of feminine powers, naked and primitive in our urban twenty-first century world. In this exhibition, she will be showing sculptural objects as well as paintings.
The artist studied painting, sculpture and printmaking with artist/teachers Ann Truitt, Hermann Zagge and Jennie Lee Knight. The artist has two daughters, both artists and one who is also a research scientist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Europe, America, and South America, and museums in America.