Martina Hoffmann is a painter and sculptress whose imagery has been inspired by expanded states of consciousness: the realms of the imagination, meditation, shamanic journeys and the dream state. The unique iconography of her painted landscapes reveal a deep connection to the sacred feminine while her sculptural work is undeniably influenced by African energy. Michael Robinson, Creative Director of Reality Sandwich, interviews Martina:
1. What’s your personal mantra?
Every one of our actions affects reality as a whole, so impeccability is of the essence. This is my mantra.
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” Chief Seattle, 1854
2. What does the role of Artist mean to you?
Art reflects the state of the world and its sentiments about all aspects of life as seen through one person’s individual consciousness. It encapsulates tidbits of our reality reproduced as symbols. These symbols are being reflected back into the world and reinforce our ideas about the current culture. So the role of the artist is to reflect the signs of the time and to question and offer alternatives at the same time. This is where I see great potential for using art as a tool for change and transformation, as we could create imagery, which inspires a spirit-based reality, a life, that supports true beauty and peace to counterbalance the daily flood of images portraying the horrors of wars and violent destruction.
The visionary artist in particular makes visible the more subtle and intuitive states of our existence and produces symbols and maps that reflect consciousness. This gives us a great responsibility and places us in a role of introducing a deeper angle on reality. Interestingly, a global visionary culture has been building momentum for quite some time now, and it is surprising to see how the rules of making and presenting art have changed here. As a visionary artist I’m highly aware of the intention and inspiration that was invested in the creation of an outstanding cultural esthetic, indigenous to this particular subculture, which has also made the artist a very integral part of its evolution. Here the artist has a unique opportunity to share their work within the context of a living community that focuses less on the commercial aspects of presenting art, but more on the enriching exchange of energy and inspiration between artist and viewer…
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