My work is about…
My work investigates body conflict. I engage with materials like plaster, latex, vinyl, and nylon to evoke synthetic bodily masses and skin-like surfaces. Exposed and vulnerable, my art is inspired by the day-to-day cognitive dissonance that the individual creates within their mind, which separates their physical body from their projected identity. This is emphasized by the subject and object split we create when discussing ourselves, distinguishing me from my body; it also mimics the exchange between surveyor and surveyed.
Process, material, and experimentation drive my studio practice. From stretching latex skin over rigid metal frames to pouring plaster into bulging distended elastic sacks, I use materials that evoke and behave like the body — flexing and stretching, shriveling and wrinkling elastic media like nylon and spandex to form abstract sculpture. These forms are calcified, or fixed in place, to exemplify the objecthood of the body: its mechanical process, its inescapable entropy, and its basic phenomenological state.
The tone of one’s bodily experiences is given voice through cultural attitudes. As a woman, I ruminate on the nature of physiological change, beauty and the value system applied to my body. The human form has become a material to be shaped, sculpted, and objectified. In an inverse way, I humanize material to discuss ideas about selfhood, augmentation, and the changing context of one’s bodily experience.
Emily Elhoffer is an emerging sculptor working in the Midwest. She has shown in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Milwaukee, juried public art and private gallery shows, and hosted panel discussions on artmaking and technology. After graduating from Kansas City Art Institute in 2015, she moved to St. Louis where she is working to build a fabrication facility for fellow artists and fabricators. Her work is currently represented by Var Gallery in Milwaukee.
2015 Kansas City Art Institute. Bachelors in Fine Arts: Sculpture
2010 Washington University in St. Louis. Directed Study: Painting
2017 Co-Founder and Creative Director of MADE
2017 Juror for Craft Alliance, Residency Program
2017 Panel Leader, The Art of Making, Venture Cafe
2017 Juror for Sarah Street Foundation, R.F.P.
2015 Instructor and Curatorial Assistant, St. Louis Artists Guild
2014 Studio Assistant for Studio’s, Inc.
2014 Workshop Instructor at Kansas City Art Institute
2019 Fred and Mildred Carpenter Award. St. Louis.
2015 McKeown Grant. Kansas City.
2010 Best in Painting. Washington University, St. Louis.
2019 Art is Distortion. Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL.
2019 St. Louis University Invitational Exhibition. McNamee Gallery, St. Louis.
2019 Consider Me, Consider You. Var West, Milwaukee.
2019 In the Flesh: Emily Elhoffer Solo Show. Erica Popp Gallery, St. Louis.
2018 XXXIV The Exhibition. Art St. Louis, St. Louis.
2018 Lifetime Warranty. Macklind Appliance, St. Louis.
2018 Resolve. Intersect Arts Gallery, St. Louis.
2016 Creatures. Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis.
2015 22 August. Old Orchard Gallery, St. Louis.
2014 Untitled. Volker Building. Kansas City.
2013 Bevy. Volker Building. Kansas City.
2013 From Here To Where. Destination Gallery, Kansas City.
2013 Objects and Spaces. Volker Building, Kansas City.
2013 39th Interval. 39th Street and Main, Kansas City.
2019 Five Local Artists Who Celebrate Human Form by Lauren Smith, ALIVE.
2018 Volume 7, Friend of the Artist.
2019 Brain Storms, permanent installation. The Magic House, St. Louis.