Artist statement

Ira hoffecker

Artist Statement

A few years ago I started to paint flowers from my summer flower garden and plants I encountered during my daily walks in oil paint and brought organic shapes into my compositions of geometric structures and architectural elements. Some of these paintings extended beyond individual plant studies and became landscapes. The shapes and colours of flowers and plants bring me a sense of joy and wholeness.

In these new works I began to use oil paint, which I found to be a fantastic medium for representing plants and natural landscapes. Oil has its own application regime. Working in oil paints and painting organic material introduced themes and processes to my work which are still unfolding, repopulating the landscape with fresh formations.

My abstract urban paintings are informed by the different identities cities take on over the course of time. I am interested in the ways that urban geography is reshaped by history. My work portrays cycles of revision and restoration in the manmade landscape by replicating the geometric shapes of maps, architectural drawings and photographs.