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Laurel Hoffer graduated from SMFA at Tufts in 2009 with a BFA and earned an MS in Arts Administration from Boston University in 2018. Laurel worked in the rare and collectible book trade for nearly a decade before returning to SMFA at Tufts as an administrative assistant, where she supports Dean Nancy Bauer and the Development team.

Artist statement

My work explores the feminine psyche via a landscape of feminist grotesque surrealism, a visual interpretation of the space outside of patriarchal boundaries in which women are free to express themselves. In this space, I explore Woman as lover, warrior, caregiver, destroyer, source of all life, as object, and as glorified being. Using images from pornography, nature, and lifestyle magazines, I re-purpose the male gaze and capitalistic misogyny to bring woman’s inner landscape to our physical shared world.