Above:  Jeanne Hoffman in studio, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town
Left (below on mobile)JEANNE HOFFMAN Blue Sky Thinking, 2020 & Things separate from their stories, 2020; Acrylic on Italian cotton; 570 x 465 mm Framed

 

JEANNE HOFFMAN
Window that didn’t close I, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
1225 x 1020 mm Framed

“The spaces BETWEEN things are more interesting than things in themselves. I’m always interested in the “conversation” between things. Something important happens in the space between the viewer and the work – it is in this space where you find your favourite, without really being able to articulate why you like you like it so much.”

- Jeanne Hoffman

JEANNE HOFFMAN
A landscape up close, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
820 x 625 mm Framed

“I read a seminal book on the concepts behind Japanese gardening during Lockdown. I imagine it was a time when a lot of people were reflecting more consciously about their relationship to the natural world (Being forced to stay indoors for a long period of time is bound to bring this about). What struck me was the way in which Japanese gardening is fundamentally about framing nature, not controlling or taming it. I thought it would be interesting to treat my subject matter in this way: gardening fragments of the things that catches my eye in a way that frames chance, spontaneity and intuition.”

- Jeanne Hoffman

 

JEANNE HOFFMAN
Fans, silhouettes, and scallop shells, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
1220 x 1020 mm Framed

JEANNE HOFFMAN
At home in the unknown II, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
615 x 815 mm Framed

JEANNE HOFFMAN
Silence and possibility, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
1520 x 1220 mm Framed

“Titles are really important. They provide a way into a work, by giving clues to the original references that are deliberately abstracted. Or they can open up a work, like in “And the sky was cloudless” – where something legible, a vessel shape, is opened up into a vast space.”

- Jeanne Hoffman

JEANNE HOFFMAN
Self-portrait in borrowed clothes, 2020
At home in the unknown I, 2020
Portrait (facing inwards), 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
820 x 625 mm Framed

 

JEANNE HOFFMAN
She has never been here, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
1040 x 1235 mm Framed

“It is really important to me that the references in a work is not too obvious. There has to be clues for the viewer, but there must be enough room for the viewer to see their own shapes in the clouds, so to speak. I suppose all my work is about finding the perfect balance between the legible and the poetic.”

- Jeanne Hoffman

JEANNE HOFFMAN
Garden of wind, 2020
Music in the distance, 2020
Always at the edge of mystery, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton

 

JEANNE HOFFMAN
Left to right:
Shipwrecked cargoes III, 2020. Stoneware, porcelain. 120 x 150 x 350mm
Resisting change, 2020. Stoneware. 260 x 270 x 310mm
Calypso, 2020. Terracotta, porcelain. 230 x 280 x 270mm
Shipwrecked cargoes I, 2020. Stoneware, porcelain. 230 x 240 x 300mm
Shipwrecked cargoes II, 2020. Stoneware, porcelain. 220 x 270 x 270mm

“The title, To make a landscape fit indoors, is a borrowed phrase, but I can’t remember where from. It resonated with me because I’m interested in how nature is mediated by the way we live.”

- Jeanne Hoffman

JEANNE HOFFMAN
Sunset at 9am, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
565 x 465 mm Framed

JEANNE HOFFMAN
The poetry of absence, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
1725 x 1315 mm Framed

 

JEANNE HOFFMAN
Window that didn’t close II, 2020
Acrylic on Italian cotton
820 x 620 mm Framed