Orit Hofshi


Kibbutz Matzuva, Israel, 1959.
Lives and works in Herzliya. Hofshi has studied at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and Wizo School of Design, Israel. Hofshi has received numerous awards for her work including the Prize for Outstanding Quality in Contemporary Israeli Art, from the Ministry of Science and Culture, Israel, in 2006.

On Hofshi's work

Orit Hofshi works by hand on a very large scale, achieving monumentality while retaining an intimate quality in her prints. This tension between grandeur and intimacy is an important feature in her work, which can be viewed from a great distance and has the ability to lure the viewer close to the surface, where its texture becomes apparent. Hofshi works primarily in woodcut, a technique that has experienced a revival in contemporary printmaking, its atavic associations contrasting with the visual output of the technologically driven society we live in. Hofshi usually works in a fixed format, using standard-size sheets of pine from a builder’s supply store. She creates varied horizontal and vertical matrices with the panels, adding to or subtracting from the grid as she works on the image. Sometimes she integrates the yet-to-be-printed matrix as part of the work, displaying the wooden boards adjacent to the prints.

All images courtesy the artist.
Produced for Philagrafika 2010, The Graphic Unconscious:

If the tread is an Echo,(detail), 2009. Woodcut, markers drawing and stone stick tusche rubbing on carved pine wood panels and hand made Japanese paper.
Dimensions: overall:  136"height x 287"width x 36"deep.

If the tread is an Echo, (detail), 2009.

*Photo credit: Greenhouse Media

More Info

On view at PAFA
Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102