On view March-May 30, 2019.
Location: Camilla Blackman Hall at Indian Hill Music
36 King Street, Littleton MA
General Exhibit Hours: M-F 9am-8pm; Sat. 8am-4pm*
Artist Reception: Friday, April 26, 6-8pm. Public welcome.
*PLEASE NOTE: Contact Indian Hill before planning your visit as there could be an event in our gallery space: 978.486.9524 (press 0).
This exhibit, Kaddish, is named after the ancient Hebrew prayer recited to mourn those who have died. Interestingly, this prayer never mentions death, but is a chant of praise and concludes with a supplication for world peace.
On October 27, 2018 eleven Jews died while praying in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Hoffman was completing a Buddhist pilgrimage in northern India when she heard of this atrocity. Meditating under the Bodhi tree where the Buddha was enlightened and visiting the temple commemorating his death, brought Hoffman not only to the roots of Buddhist spirituality, but to the source of her Jewish heritage. The eleven paintings she made soon after returning from India draw on great trees of spiritual wisdom as well as fires of mystical liberation. The Bodhi tree, a giant Catalpa tree outside her studio in Harvard, and old apple trees in her farm’s orchard, merged with the funeral fires burning day and night in Varanasi along the Ganges River, bonfires of celebration, and the everlasting light that burns in every Jewish temple. The eleven paintings use this imagery to mark the deaths as well as celebrate the lives of those who were killed. They offer strength to the viewer to persevere in engaging fully in life, and confirm the capacity of art to bring understanding and peace to our hearts when we are in pain.
Read more on the artist's blog.
Listen to Maurice Ravel's Kaddish.
Questions? Email the artist.
Linda Hoffman studied art, masks and theater in Paris, France. She received a fine arts degree from Bryn Mawr College and then was awarded a Watson Traveling Fellowship to train with a Noh Theater actor in Kyoto, Japan. Upon returning to the United States and inspired by the poetry and beauty of traditional Japanese arts, Hoffman began an exploration of narrative sculpture incorporating language, natural fibers, wood, stone and found objects. Hoffman's artwork includes indoor and outdoor sculpture, public installations, digital prints and the Fine Art letterpress book, Winter Air. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, the Hechinger Tool Collection, Washington D.C., Harvard University and the Acton Arboretum in Acton, MA. Hoffman is the fruit grower at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard. Visitors in the fall can pick organically certified apples and raspberries and take a tour of outdoor sculpture around the pond and through the woods. She is writing a memoir about bringing back the abandoned orchard at Old Frog Pond Farm. Learn more about the artist.
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