Viibryd, 2013

Peter Allen Hoffmann (American, born 1979)

Peter Allen Hoffmann, Viibryd, 2013, oil on canvas, 80 x 73 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 2013.4.

"This formal abstraction is steeped in color theory influenced by American pieced quilts. The title of the painting refers to a pharmaceutical antidepressant. The name of the quilt maker is painted into the piece in the lower left. The process of crafting these quilts is similar to how I approach the paintings—a lengthy process of detailed planning and execution. Women worked from existing traditional patterns, but also processed and interpreted these patterns based on their own personal, religious, regional and historical context. While the sources of the imagery are disparate (art historical, observed from life, abstraction), they exist for me equally as images I have experienced, continue to experience, and for whatever reason, cannot let go."—Peter Allen Hoffmann