Acrylic on MDF
17” x 23.5” framed in black to 20" x 26"
ARTISTS BIOGRAPHY / STATEMENT
Katie Hoffstatter is a 3rd-year student of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is very interested in art and architectural media that provides her viewers with an experience of social responsibility.
The Wounded series came about from the generative design process which began Katie’s second year at RPI. Professor Stefano Passeri acted as the critic on this project. Wounded explored how to indirectlymake mundane “trash” into art. This was achieved through a generative process using a 3D modelingsoftware called Maya, and also Rhinoceros. These 2-dimensional patterns were created using a process of sectioning and “glitching” and 3D pile of trash objects (plastic water bottle, plastic cutlery, gas lighter, metal gears, etc). Through the glitch and through repetition ad stacking, it becomes very difficult to decipher out the trash objects from the final piece.
The pieces were cut by a carbon laser cutter and then hand painted. Wounded (1) includes some 3D prints made from the same glitch process, only 3D rather than 2D. They were printed on a powder printer.
The goal of this series is to spread awareness for the human impact on our planet. This project brings upthe topic of “reduce, reuse, recycle” in a way that is palatable but not out of reach. These generative pieces ultimately led to an architectural project set in Cohoes, NY which included a boathouse, amphitheater, and multiple park and multiuse spaces.