Statement of Practice and Biography

Statement of Practice 

The universal themes in narrative art are never far from my mind while painting as it is the device I use to deliver feminist ideas.  Women’s perspectives, however, as expressed through narrative, continue to be largely ignored by many who validate mainstream contemporary art.

My neighbors, family, and friends are my subjects, and as I paint them in their homes or private spaces, their stories of feeling dislocated or their sense of disturbance continually emerge. Intimate conversations with them are expressed in the titles, poses, clothing, objects, details, and light in the settings. And as I explore qualities of composition and color and the materiality of thick, textural paint, I aim to reach toward innovation.

In my rural area, the Adirondack Park, those who struggle to provoke a wider scope and greater inclusivity often pay a divisive cost, separating them from themselves, their families, and the greater community. Through painting, I am interested in investigating ways to connect emotionally with weighty contemporary issues.


Susan Hoffer became interested in stories as a child, listening to her grandmother talk about growing up as ethnic Gottscheer (present day Slovenia) and emigrating to the United States. Her current work explores the histories and experiences of those living in the rural Adirondack region.  Each subject poses the question, “Who gets to normalize or define others’ experience and ideas?”

Hoffer has exhibited throughout the US and won numerous prizes for her work in upstate NY. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY, and the Adirondack Experience Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY.