“My output has taken many forms, from abstract to figurative.The wide-ranging media I have worked with include encaustic painting on wood, mono prints and solar plate etching, sculpture, furniture and woodcarving, and performance art. The unifying threads are the exploration and discovery of nature, one element stimulating another, and the transference of energy and primitive rhythms to all living things. My images tell stories–autobiographical, historical, mythological–and my work progresses today building upon a lifetime of personal experiences.
Watching the river outside my studio, I imagine the sediment moving beneath the surface. I want to strip away the the layers to expose the magical place where, according to the Argentinian poet-essayist Borges, "past, present, and future space coexist simultaneously"(The Aleph).
I have enjoyed a vibrant and full art career for 55 years. My work has taken many forms: nationally exhibited artist, teacher of painting, creative collaborator, curator and pioneer in the field of art therapy. At the basis of my work is a passionate lifelong fascination with the natural rhythms of living things, archaeology, science, psychology, mysticism, and literature. I was influenced by Goya, de Kooning, Matisse, Kandinsky, and Diebenkorn, and mentored by the Abstract Expressionists. I work from older, unconscious elements of human experience–the ones that can't be verbalized. I have long admired the magic realism of Argentinian poet-essayist Jorge Lois Borges, the theoretical writings of Carl Jung of gene memory and collective unconscious and all the sacred literature of ancient traditions. All of which finds expression in my work.”
Harriette Joffe’s 55-year career spans from post-World War II to the present. Embraced by the first generation of Abstract Expressionist painters on the East End of Long Island, she represents one of the last living links to central figures in the avant-garde of 20th-century American art, including such artists as Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning, Philip Pavia, Ibram Lassaw, John Little and Balcomb Greene. During this period, Joffe had solo exhibitions at Vered Gallery, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bologna Landi Gallery, and showed at Guild Hall Museum, and Ashawagh Hall in the Hamptons. Joffe also worked among the pioneering Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass or DUMBO
artists, finding a voice within the then emerging New York City avant-garde in the mid-to-late 70s. She then broke with many of her contemporaries and began a systematic examination of Renaissance, Classical, and neo-Classical European painting. She subsequently began a long period of exploring ancient American civilizations in Mexico and the Southwest. Now sharing her time between Western Massachusetts and New York, her work has continued to evolve into the 21st century. Harriette Joffe has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums; her work has been published extensively and reviewed in publications across the US. Her contribution to the culture of American Abstract Expressionism is featured in the East Hampton Parrish Museum’s “East End Stories” oral history series.
2 AM Blues | River Jazz Series, 2015
Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36”
Smooth Blue with Scott, 2015
Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 44”
River Song I
Watercolor on Yupo paper, 14 x 11”
River Song Series II, 2009
Watercolor, 12 x 9”
River Song Series III, 2009
Watercolor, 12 x 9”