ARTIST STATEMENT

My passion for art making has lead me to explore many kinds of material, particularly the use of recycled objects. I rescue discarded household items from alleys and search junk shops for objects that have stories to tell. I am usually surrounded by a joyful clutter as I work, hopefully grabbing just what I need to complete a composition. My shelves and drawers are filled with an eclectic selection of materials that serve as my palette.

Often my sculpture starts with a single object that sparks an idea or inspires my sense of “what if”? Then I begin to play; adding, subtracting, and experimenting. Like joining words together for a poem, my sculptures reveal themselves to me as I form new associations with elements that already have separate histories. These objects play a fundamental role in my work while I compose and connect them for visual harmony.

 
 

Bolt Head Fish

2018

Polymer clay and found objects

 

32" x 17"x 7"

Pandora's Box

2018

Found objects, acrylic, and wood

28" x 17" x 12"

Melodies On My Mind

2018

Found objects, wood, copper and brass

40" x 24" x 8"

Con Anima

2017

Mixed media

20"x20"

Plumb Line of Desolation

2013

Wood, aluminum, found objects

23"x60"

 

In this piece a vocabulary of materials is used to reference a post-apocoliptic scene or "end of time." This entire work is constructed from found objects and materials. The round metal form symbolizes a face of a clock, the plum-line represents measurement, and the raven represents the last living animal to

inhabit the earth.

Layers Within

2015

Wood, found objects

30"x20"

 

This piece represents secrets hidden deep

within ones self.

On the Clock

2014

Found objects, motor

23"x23"x15"

 

This piece references the poem, Look to this Day, about life, "for yesterday is but a memory, but tomorrow only a vision." The figure is mounted to the rotating clock face, while the door is spinning. An example of being too busy to enjoy the

here and now.

Valued Identity

2014

Wood, aluminum, found objects, acrylic

50"x30"

 

A kinetic self-portrait. The silhouette is connected to the house. Turning the knob spins a magnifying lens. The lens magnifies the "diamond" within.

Letting Go

2016

Found objects, cast aluminum

13"x32"

 

Referencing a time to let go and move forward.

Gauging a Heart

2013

Wood, aluminum, copper, found objects

60"x36"

Everyone Loves a Clown

2014

Found objects, wood, electrical components

18"x12"

 

Interactive. Turning the crank causes clown arms to rotate and clown head lights up.

Exhibitions

2018  Visual Arts, Orange County Fair, CA

 

2018  Home Arts, Orange County Fair, CA

 

2018  Orange Open, Muzeo Museum, Anaheim, CA

2017  Blue Ribbon Winners, Fullerton Arboretum, CA

 

2017  Visual Arts, Orange County Fair, CA

 

2016  Time In Tableaux, Duff Gallery, CA

2016  SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition, Pomona, CA

 

2016  Txt Me, OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA

 

2016  National Orange Show, San Bernardino, CA


2014  Orange Open, Muzeo Museum, Anaheim, CA

Awards

2017 Honorable Mention, Layers Within, OC Fair

 

2017 Second Place, Letting Go, OC Fair

2017 First Place and Division Winner, Plumbline of Desolation, OC Fair

 

2016  Award of Excellence, Valued Identity, SoCal MFA Exhibition

  

2014  First Place Award, Everyone Loves a Clown, Orange Open Show

 

2018  First Place & Division Winner, Bolthead Fish, O.C. Fair

 

2018  Third Place, Melodies On My Mind, O.C. Fair

 

2018  Honorable Mention, Pandora's Box, O.C. Fair

 

"Creativity is
the fun of
putting together unexpected ideas.
"

Hazel Edwards

 
 

CONTACT ME

    Santa Ana, CA, USA

      ©2018 by Kelly Reiter-Hoffman.