Poems in Cloth: An exhibit by Linda Hoffman
February 2 – March 22, 2015
Bio: After devoting two years of her undergraduate studies to theater and mime in Paris, Linda Hoffman received a fine arts degree from Bryn Mawr College. She then spent two years working with a Noh Theater actor in Kyoto, Japan while on a Watson Traveling Fellowship.
Upon returning to the United States, and influenced by this training in Japan, a life long passion for poetry converged with her work as an artist in the form of ‘poems in cloth’. She began to use objects and words interchangeably to draw the viewer into the natural world; a stick, blocks of wood, and shells were not symbols or ideas, but the reality of day-to-day life. Independent Curator Linda E. Poras wrote about this work, ”The impact of her training can observed in her ability to achieve profound effects with the most economical use of gesture.”
Hoffman’s fiber work creates a meditative world of calm and beauty evoking both joy and sorrow. The pieces in this exhibit are from 1985 to1990, and represent the beginning of Hoffman’s future exploration of wall assemblages and 3-D sculpture with language, natural fibers, wood, stone, bronze figures, and found objects.
Her art is in the collections of Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Hechinger Tool Museum, DC, the towns of Acton, Massachusetts and Littleton, New Hampshire as well as in many private collections.
In the summer of 2001 she moved to Harvard, Massachusetts, and began restoring an abandoned orchard. In 2006, Old Frog Pond Farm became the first certified organic pick your own apple orchard in the state. Today, she and her partner, Blase Provitola host many community, art, and agriculture events at Old Frog Pond Farm throughout the year.
In 2011 Hoffman was diagnosed with breast cancer. Grateful for the excellent care she received from so many people at Emerson Hospital, she especially dedicates this exhibit to Dr. John DuBois and Dr. Robin Schoenthaler.