Beatrice Hoffman

The process of creating sculpture is both reflective and compulsive, for Beatrice. Stroking, pressing, squeezing, scraping, shaving, hacking, slapping the form into shape, the completed sculpture contains, condenses and transforms the feelings that went into its creation, and holds them in one cohesive object.

For her, beauty is simplicity, clarity, concentration and a degree of abstraction. It must extend beyond decorative prettiness. Beauty is able to hold contradictions, tensions and ambivalence – it is a balance kept despite conflict.

She is fascinated by “strong form”. With both figurative and abstract sculptures, she searches for a sense of fullness contrasted with negative shapes; sharp angles between surfaces juxtaposed with smoothness.

Influenced by C.G. Jung’s ideas of archetypes and by childhood memories of Sunday visits to a Catholic church filled with Baroque carvings, Beatrice’s work reconnects with the sculptural tradition seen in places of worship. She creates spiritually potent images for secular contexts, exploring themes around the interface of mythology, psychology and spirituality that have a universal resonance.

As such, her work is engaging and contemplative. She hopes that people find their own feelings, experiences and preoccupations reflected in it and that through this empathetic connection derive some healing.