About the artwork
Pat Hoffie’s portrait depicts a moment from when she was finally permitted to visit her Covid-19 positive daughter in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane after having been separated from her for almost six weeks.
About the sitter
This piece is a self portrait.
About the artist
Pat Hoffie AM is a Brisbane based artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Trained as a painter, her practice includes a range of media including installation, assemblage and sculpture. Since her first solo exhibition in Brisbane in 1974, she has exhibited extensively; for several decades her work has focused on the changing nature of work, especially in relation to shifts in understanding about what might constitute a ‘work of art’ or an ‘artwork’. Hoffie has engaged in residencies across the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe, and has worked collaboratively with artist communities, especially in the Philippines. She has also worked on projects and exhibitions that include Australia’s changing role in the Asia-Pacific region; on Art and Human Rights projects; on our changing relationships with land and place; and on the effects of globalisation on local cultural production through exhibitions, projects and publications. She has also worked as an academic and writer. Hoffie left her position at the QCA, in 2016 to work full-time on her own art practice. The University awarded her the title of Professor Emeritus in recognition of her long dedication to research, education and mentorship.