“The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is pleased to present Pieceable Kingdom, an exhibition of new mixed-media artworks by Camille Hoffman that offer meditations on Manifest Destiny and its latent representation in the Romantic American landscape. This marks the third installment of MAD’s Fellow Focus series, which is dedicated to highlighting the work of alumni of the Van Lier Fellowship, awarded thrice yearly as part of the Museum’s Artist Studios Program.
Hoffman’s work reflects on how histories of race, gender, and power are often embedded within influential American landscape paintings of the nineteenth century through their depictions of light, nature, the frontier, and borders. In her work, the artist explores the interconnectedness of her own identity with American colonialism, environmental policy, and contemporary pop culture. With materials collected from everyday life, including holiday-themed tablecloths, discarded medical records, nature calendars, plastic bags, and paint, Hoffman crafts layered geographies in which fragments of cultural objects are chromatically twisted and blended into complex wholes.” — MAD
“The intensity with which Camille transforms and manipulates her materials into stunning surfaces and compositions is matched by her fierce dedication to both historical research and critical exploration of the global effects of Western imperialism in its past and present forms,” said Danny Orendorff, MAD’s Curator of Public Programs. “Her focus on her craft and dedication to sharing it with the art-viewing public made her an incredible addition to the Museum as a Van Lier Fellow. We are thrilled that the work she created here and since will be on view at MAD in completion.”
Images courtesy Museum of Arts and Design.