Camille Hoffman (b. 1987, Chicago, IL) is a New York-based artist working in painting and mixed media. Her current work is a meditation on Manifest Destiny and its representation in the romantic American landscape. Reflecting on the embedded and latent meanings around light, nature, the frontier, borders, race, gender, and power in influential American landscape paintings of the 19th century, she uses materials collected from her everyday life, including holiday-themed tablecloths, discarded medical records, nature calendars, plastic bags, and paint, to craft imaginary landscapes that are grounded in accumulation, personal narrative, and historical critique. Her paintings are layered geographies, in which these fragments of cultural objects are chromatically twisted and blended into complex wholes. Taking inspiration from the Philippine weaving and the Jewish folk traditions of her ancestors, along with traditional landscape painting techniques from her academic training, she interweaves image with refuse in order to reveal seamless yet textured transcultural contradictions. Disrupting visual perception, her scraps of materials take on new life, becoming a vehicle of territorial reclamation and spiritual agency for Hoffman amid the pressures of economic and political globalization in the anthropocene.
Hoffman earned an MFA from Yale University in 2015 and a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2009. She was a recipient of the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in painting from Yale University, a National Endowment for the Arts scholarship, a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for research in Spain, and the Van Lier Fellowship from the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Europe, in exhibitions and venues including Excelsior: Ever Upward, Ever Afloat at the Queens Museum (2018), Pieceable Kingdom at the Museum of Arts and Design (2018), Rockabye My Bedrock Bones at False Flag Projects (2018), Lincoln Center (2017), Times Square (2017), Yale University Art Gallery (2015), Nuit Blanche arts festival in Paris, France (2015), and Espai Cultural Biblioteca Azorín in Valencia, Spain (2008). She has been an artist-in-residence in numerous programs including the Children's Museum of Manhattan, Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace, Wave Hill, QueenSpace, Museum of Arts and Design, and Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School through the Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs. Hoffman has also worked for over a decade as an arts educator and community organizer in Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, New Haven, Brooklyn, and Queens.