Jeanne Hoffman

1978 - 

Capetonian artist Jeanne Hoffman works in the media of drawing, sculpture and installation.  Her work fuses the conceptual and formal concerns of drawing with tactile materials in three-dimensional constructions. 


Hoffman has taken part in a number of exhibitions in South Africa and abroad. She has participated in artist-in-residency programmes in Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands, most notably the Saari Mansion Residency (Finland) and the European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC), twice. To date she has had three solo exhibitions in South Africa. She currently lives and works in Cape Town.


Her work is in the collections of Hollard, the Flemish government, and several private collectors in Belgium and the Netherlands.


Artist's Statement:


For me there is a direct correlation between travelling across a landscape and the path of a graphic mark, which transforms a blank page into an imaginary space: The path of the gesture of one's hand across a page can be traced in the same way we can map our journeys across the landscape of a place. Travel, however, not always in the literal sense: There is also the travelling through materials by fusing traditional materials (like combining ancient glaze recipes with rather roughly hewn clay “gestures”) and found things. This coagulation of elements into a kind of contained chaos, become a kind of plastic mapping of sensory and material observations.

Central to the notion of travelling is, for me, the tension between two poles: that of nest-builder and nomad. In my work I build temporary shelters for thoughts, wandering from one place to another, collecting observations, experiences and meanings. In this sense drawing is used as a gesture which allows the mind to wander along the more distant paths of memory and imagination to return with a more acute awareness of the present.


Selected Exhibitions

2018 FNB Joburg Art Fair, with 99 Loop, Johannesburg

2018 Drift, solo show, 99 Loop

2018 Cape Town Art Fair with 99 Loop

2017 FNB Jo’burg Art Fair with 99 Loop
2017 Mixed Metaphors, solo show, 99 Loop, Cape Town
2015 Thinking Ultramarine, with Brigit Baker and Katherine Smith, curated by Anja de Klerk, Michaelis Centre for Curating the Archive, Cape Town

2015 Décor-Z, Spier, curated by Liza Grobler, Spier, Stellenbosch
2013 Les oeuvres du Frans Masereel centrum (9th International Biennial Liege), l’Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Liege, Belgium 

2009 Constellations (as part of the Groningen Photography Biennale), Stichtung WEP, Groningen, The Netherlands

2008 Strange things travel with you, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town
2008 Collage City/Kollaasikaupunki – Galeria Gylich, Vuojoki, Finland
2007 Room-travel (with Marna Hattingh), Whatiftheworld, Cape Town
2007 Common Ground, Lönnstrom Art Museum, Finland
2007 Paper and me, Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town
2007 X-Cape: Open studios, The Bijou, Woodstock, Cape Town
2006 Long words on a hot afternoon. Blank Projects, Cape Town
2006 The Collage Show, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town
2006 Choice Assorted, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town
2006 Die opwindendste tekenuitstalling, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn

2006 Illustration Nation, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town
2005 New Signatures, Bellville Arts Association
2004 Absa l’Atelier, Cape Town/ Johannesburg
2004 Battersea Art Fair, London
2003 Y-desire, collaboration with Liza Grobler, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
2003 Gifted, Art-B, Bellville
2001 – 2002 Micro/Macro, Canadian Printmaking Exchange, Toronto/ Cape Town
2001 Gifted, Bellville Arts Association
2000 Section 52, Stellenbosch
1999 Absa New Signatures Competition, Bellville Arts Association