About the artwork and sitter
This work is called the Gardener. It is a self portrait, featuring cacti. “The view from (the mirror) below is a distorting one, one that exposes the throat. In many ways, that’s what self-portraits are meant to do: they force the artist to scrutinise their short-comings and expose them for all to see. The sitter has a fondness for cacti. Any metaphorical readings are not intended.”
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. 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. Griffith University awarded her the title of Professor Emeritus in recognition of her long dedication to research, education and mentorship.