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Digital Drop-In: Drawing Meditation

Tue, Aug 11 / 7–7:45 pm ET

Sign on for a live artist-led tutorial on experimenting with mindfulness as both a practice and integral part of the art-making process. During this fun and informal workshop, 2017 Artist Fellow Camille Hoffman will guide participants in a drawing meditation exercise that will serve to enhance mental focus and awaken creative spontaneity.

MAD’s Digital Drop-ins are for participants of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Following the demonstration, participants will have time to independently work on their project and share with “neighbors” in the virtual class.

All Digital Drop-ins will be 45 minutes. Registrants will receive an email 24 hours in advance of the program with instructions for accessing the workshop on Zoom.

If you are a Trustee, Patron, or Luminaries member, please contact Catherine Farrell at catherine.farrell@madmuseum.org to receive instructions for joining this program.


  • Paper
  • Drawing utensils (such as pencils, pens, and markers)


Camille Hoffman's current work is a mixed-media meditation on Manifest Destiny and its representation in the romantic American landscape. Reflecting on the embedded and latent meanings around light, nature, the frontier, borders, race, gender, and power in influential American landscape paintings of the 19th century, she uses materials collected from childhood and her everyday life, including holiday-themed tablecloths, discarded medical records, nature calendars, plastic bags, and paint, to craft imaginary landscapes that are grounded in accumulation, personal narrative, and historical critique. Her paintings and installations are layered geographies, in which these fragments of cultural objects are chromatically twisted and blended into complex wholes. Taking inspiration from the Philippine weaving and the Jewish folk traditions of her ancestors, along with traditional landscape painting techniques from her academic training, she interweaves image with refuse in order to reveal seamless yet textured transcultural contradictions. Disrupting visual perception, her scraps of materials take on new life, becoming a vehicle of territorial reclamation and spiritual agency for the artist amid the pressures of economic and political globalization in the anthropocene.

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