Statement of Practice
Universal themes in narrative art are never far from my mind as I look through a feminist lens at weighty contemporary issues. In our vastly complex society, and one in which civility and truth are no longer the norm, I use the empathetic treatment of the human form and story and the materiality of thick, lumpy, grog-like paint texture to evoke our common humanity.
In my rural area 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. My neighbors, family, and friends are my subjects, and our intimate conversations are expressed in titles, poses, clothing, objects, details, and light in the settings. As I experiment with process, color, and light, I aim to reach toward innovation.
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 experiences of those living in the rural Adirondack region in upstate NY, and questions a viewer’s inclination to generalize 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.