South of the town of Olancha, CA, and down a small dirt road off Highway 395, one can find an incredible sculpture garden by artist Jael Hoffmann.
“Topography of Belie” – From left to right, the first head has a pressure gauge in the middle, circled by eight shiny metallic gears; the next face is made of rolled short pieces of motor springs; followed by a face, made up of a “No Trespassing” sign, which is punctured by bullet holes, and the final one has petals and feels open and welcoming. Each figure then is symbolic of an element of human belief, which can be a tendency, or a combination of them.
“I have long been aware of the discrepancy between how I was affected by things, and who I was. This gap seemed unbridgeable, but along with emotional toll of such a schism there existed a deeply rooted desire to evolve this predicament. Most of my work reflects the dichotomy of suffering: the acceptance of certain lies, while rejecting the pain of their existence.” She goes on to say she discovered it was, in fact, bridgeable by connecting with and attending to a “primal knowledge about what feels right.”
Hoffmann was born in Israel, and raised in Berlin, Germany.
She lives with her daughter in Olancha, California.
Many of her sculptures show the monster within that needs to be transformed, for well-being’s sake.
The most colorful sculpture features a plaque with instructions.
Hmmm, I guess I’ll ‘give’ a dollar bill…
…but what should I take???
Rosie the Riveter
Evil Pacman with a thirst for eating little people.
Let them eat children.
Jael’s sculpture Garden is open to all any time, just remember to bring an offer and be kind.