Sculptural work by Kathi Hofmann on exhibition at Oxygen Art Centre
The Oxygen Art Centre is hosting the opening of Mater Familias a sculptural installation by ceramic artist Kathi Hofmann, Friday (January 9).
Hofmann was born in the Okanagan and has been living in Nelson since 1996. After a short career in Geology and some global travelling, she returned to school to study art at Emily Carr University, Langara College and finally, the Kootenay School of the Arts, graduating from the clay studio.
In 2013 she received a grant from the Kootenay Columbia Cultural Alliance to make a shift in her creative practice from that of a functional potter to a sculptor.
Hofmann has taken a giant leap into the world of sculpture.
The premiere exhibition of Hofmann’s new direction are a series of ceramic-based assemblages that combine hand built ceramic work with other materials and found objects.
Her new work holds nothing back as she launches in to a variety of unpredictable combinations of materials and forms. In the combining of which, Hofmann finds engagement in what she refers to as the “dramas of materials… their inherent qualities, how they are connected, and the emotional resonances they provoke.”
Her mixing together of dissimilar objects leads the work towards a conceptual read, much like visual poems, they cause the viewer to pause and ponder the relationships Hofmann is presenting.
The work is accessible through its reference to the human body formed from the clay body, which is after all the material of creation myths. This fidelity to material supports an underlying serious tone to the work that might otherwise be dismissed as frivolous.
The fact of the matter or Mater is that embedded in these forms is a intuitive working of materials that only someone who has had their hands in the earth could find emergence of a new language in a familiar material. There is room for more and more is what Hofmann intends as she launches into this new path.
The opening reception for Kathi Hofmann’s Mater Familias happens between 7-9 p.m.
The artist will give a talk about her work on Saturday, January 10th at 4 p.m.
The exhibition will run until February 7. The gallery is open from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.