Judy Hoffman
Medium: Sculpture and Ceramics/Pottery

Studio Location:
La Bodega Gallery-695 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Studio # La Bodega Gallery

Phone: 917-648-8259

Email: judyhoffman@mindspring.com

Website:: www.judyhoffman.info

Artist Bio:
Judy Hoffman / Biography

Judy Hoffman is an American artist living and working in New York City. Hoffman's installations, sculptures, and artist books explore themes of birth, decay, waste, and regeneration. Building solely with clay or combining disparate elements of industrial refuse, natural debris and handmade paper, she constructs microcosms, ecosystems, and other natural formations.

Hoffman has created site specific installation in New York City venues including Wave Hill, Ceres Gallery, Nutureart, Proteus Gowanus, Kentler International Drawing Center; Rutgers and Jersey City Universities, New Jersey; Mary Grove College, Detroit; and the Bienalle Bonn/Frauen Museum and Kunstler Forum in Bonn, Germany. Hoffman's artist books are in public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University Art Gallery.

Hoffman is a winner of the 2016 New York Studio School Art Critical Award, a recipient of a 2017 fellowship at Greenwich House Pottery and an anniversary artist grant from Women's Studio Workshop and has been featured in the journal Hand Papermaking. Her art has been recognized by critics from the New York Times, the Village Voice, Hyperallergic and Sculpture Magazine. Hoffman lives and works in Brooklyn.

Artist Statement:
I aim to build sculptures that have a sense of immediacy, rawness, surprise and sometimes humor. I often work very fast as a strategy for bypassing my "over thinking brain" which stifles and wants to play things "safe". I choose this form of risk taking, as demanding as it is, because it is also exhilarating and liberating. Ideas I could never have planned emerge in this way.

Pieces of nature's realm, as well, often informs the path of "making" as clay is stabbed, torn and pressed. A work emerges through a dialogue of building and demolition. A dynamic unfolds as I explore the rough beauty and visceral moments of birth, decay and regeneration.

Judy Hoffman

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