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Eileen Hoffman
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: Pink is a color wildly misused by the media to symbolize and sell a false notion of femininity. My room growing up was pink—the walls, furniture and fabric. I didn’t have the words then to be angry at sexism. My current work channels these emotions and meditates and reflects upon what the color pink has come to mean to me and to girls growing up this culture—both the beauty and oppressiveness the color can signify. These pieces are built with chenille craft stems and fabric. I stain the craft stems to create a wide palette and the fabric is hand painted. This enables me to control pattern and color, and infuse it with my personal iconography. I have devised my own knotting and weaving system, which allows me to combine these materials to create large, complex images. The pattern, texture and repetition, so prominent in my current artwork, can be traced back to my involvement with textiles as a young person. At that time, I was deeply engaged with knitting, embroidery, crocheting and weaving. In retrospect, these crafts helped me understand the intense level of energy, emotion and intelligence that people (mostly women) poured into their projects. Since then, I have been interested in the emotional qualities that pattern and repetition can bring to a work of art. I want to make visible the hidden intelligence and inner worlds that can exist within the textile arts.
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  • The Stories Remain
    2019
    Chenille craft stems, mixed media on dur-a-lar
    125" x 108" x 37"

  • Study for the Spoils of War
    2019
    Chenille craft stems, mixed media on dur-a-lar
    28' x 108" x 37"

  • Had Something to Say
    2018
    Chenille craft stems, mixed media on dur-a-lar
    48" x 40" x 6"

  • Demonstrators Bag #4 and #2
    2017
    Chenille craft stems, mixed media on dur-a-lar
    30" x 20" x 5"

  • Demonstrators Bag #2 and #1
    2017
    Chenille craft stems, mixed media on dur-a-lar
    30" x 20" x 5"

  • Perpendicular Messages
    2019
    Mixed media on dur-a-lar
    29" x 24" x 6"

  • Revisiting Pink and White
    2019
    Mixed media on dur-a-lar
    29" x 24" x 6"

  • Paisley Lace
    2018
    Mixed media on dur-a-lar
    29" x 24" x 6"

  • Memories of a Girl
    2016
    chenille pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, vinyl
    93" x 96" x 17"

  • Serving For Nine
    2015
    chenille pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, tyvek, markers
    60" x 56" x 5"

  • Inherited Blooms
    2015
    chenille pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, markers
    76" x 74"

  • In Conversation
    2015
    chenille pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, markers
    62" x 59" x 5"

  • Discarded Dresses
    1916
    chenille pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, vinyl
    80" x 54" x 5

  • Northern Bloom #2
    2016
    chenille pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, vinyl
    92" x 24" x 6"

  • Northern Bloom #1
    2016
    chenille pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, vinyl
    85" x 30" x 6"

  • Her Mother's Dishes
    2013
    chenille pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, vinyl
    90" x 46" x 6"

  • Embossed Diamond
    2013
    chenille pipe cleaners
    110" x 36" x 36"

  • Redolence
    2011
    chenille pipe cleaners
    72" x 66" x 3"
 








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