Anke Hoffstaetter

My home studio is located within walking distance to downtown Ithaca. I feel drawn to the abstract and mostly work in acrylics. My paintings are inspired by my collection of "pictures of the sidewalk" in which I imitate natural forces on the environment. In this process I try to let go off preconceived concepts of skill in an attempt to be intuitively responsive as well as provocatively unpretentious.




505 S. Albany St., Ithaca, NY 14850


From Rt. 13 at Tops Plaza turn into Wood Str., after three blocks turn right onto South Albany Str., 505 is the second last house on the right side and the only yellow house on this block. If you are walking or driving from the Commons, head South on Cayuga Street, pass intersection at TCPL, and continue on two more blocks, then turn left onto Titus Ave., after two blocks turn left onto South Albany Str., my studio is in the second house to the left.


Anke grew up in a beautiful rural area in Germany near Heidelberg. She devoted most of her young adult life to raising her six children, during which time she nurtured their musical and dance education. In 2002, she moved to Ithaca with her family and earned her BA in Psychology from Cornell University in 2013. Her most influential teachers were local artist Kim Schraeg, as well as Professor Stan Taft and Professor Carl Ostendarp at Cornell University. The abstract series called "Layers" grew from her desire to depict the sidewalk.  Her collection of photographs from the sidewalk inspired the idea to translate the already abstract imagery into a different medium. After some time of exploration, Anke found that she wanted to transfer the sidewalk through descriptive methods, thus imitating natural forces such as temperature, root growth, precipitation and footsteps. In the emerging series, Anke was inspired to relinquish preconceived concepts of skill, in which she aimed to be intuitively responsive, yet provocatively unpretentious. Her work is inspired by Gerhard Richter.  

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