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Dianne Hoffman

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Artist Statement

I have a tendency to personify inanimate objects and feel genuine compassion for those that are damaged or disregarded. I see potential in broken bits and find beauty in rust and erosion. The older an object, the more haunting and alluring its ghost. Collage & assemblage art allows me to indulge these concepts by creating small worlds in a box where tall tales are told, jokes are cracked, emotions stirred, poems imparted and songs are sung.  By using images that replicate the past and objects that authenticate it, my pieces become storytellers, dream interpreters and memory inducers. They are innately lyrical and flicker along to their own silent film.

My partner and I share an ardent quest: to rummage through thrift shops, flea markets, antique stores, garage sales, junkyards, attics and basements for precious baubles, bits and boxes.  This is our treasure hunt. Sometimes an inspired idea for an assemblage will come upon first sight of an object. But more often I will mull through my neatly organized piles of arbitrary things repetitively placing random items together until something visually clicks and the piece takes hold.

I like to link organic objects from nature with metallic, industrial remnants and combine complimentary muted color schemes to harmonize dissimilar media. The narrative facet of each piece often derives from the variety of music I am listening to and the train of thought it takes me on. By the dimensional nature and design of each piece, they intend for you to raise an eyebrow and lean in for a closer look.

Recent Exhibits

Dianne Hoffman participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 "San Francisco" theme show in August
City Art
 
Jul, 2014 July group show; reception on July 11
City Art
 
Jun, 2014 City Art is 'Curious' in June
City Art
 
May, 2014 Circus Freaks and Sideshows
Arc Gallery & Studios
 
Jan, 2014 Love Is In The Air
Secession Art & Design
 
Nov, 2013 2013 San Jose Holiday Art Market
The Historic Reed House
 
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