ERIN HOFFMAN

I am interested in the idea or act of recontextualizing American history in an attempt to explain the present.  My approach to this involves the combination and most often, confusion and degradation of images of beloved American presidents and other American icons in order to speak of the admittedly, senseless act of seeking scapegoats for our current political crisis. This work personifies buildings by pointing them at one another and is in response to the media’s continual use of the phrase, “buildings as weapons” when referring to the lengths our opponents have resorted to in the ‘war on terror.’  In the background of the building pieces I am using imagery from the past, more specifically photographs of former presidents and other political ‘heroes’ (or villains) from American history.  By including these I mean to first, call into question their idolization and second, attempt to associate or incriminate them some how with the present day.

BUILDINGS AS WEAPONS

OIL

BUILDINGS AS WEAPONS

FINDING AMERICA

POWER

REFLECTIONS FROM THE CRADLE OF DEMOCRACY

WAR TO END ALL WARS