Leli Hoch was born in Germany into a family of artists, writers and musicians. She lives in Stanford, South Africa.
She studied Sociology, Psychology and Educational Sciences, and holds a MA in Educational Sciences.
Working in the outdoor tourism industry led to living an adventurous life in intimate connection with nature and, closing the circle of her roots, initiated her into working as a nature artist.
The term Anthropocene highlights that we are inside a geological epoch in which human activities are the primary driver of earth system function. We have been modifying our environments for tens of thousands of years.
I merely try to respond as an artist to the implications by making our impact or imprint on and subjugation of nature visible. All my interventions evolve slowly, with deliberation, meditation, spending time looking and observing.
I use natural materials and mainly work outside with the smallest possible footprint. Most of my work is ephemeral, made in situ and after completion and documentation left to disintegrate or decompose. For studio work on paper and canvas I usually make my own paint from soil and ashes. I use many different techniques and processes to convey my ideas, from old-fashioned crocheting to performative installations.
“What we need is a great, powerful, tremulous falling back in love with our old, ancient, primordial Beloved, which is Earth itself.” Martin Shaw
Leli Hoch is the organiser and one of the selectors for the artist residency Tankwa Artscape South Africa www.tankwaartscape.com
Tankwa Artscape Artist Camp, South Africa
Leeuwarden Cultural Capital Europe 2018, Tytsjerk Artist Residency, Netherlands
Global Nomadic Art Project Hungary
Global Nomadic Art Project Germany
Parco Sasso Simone e Simoncello: Paessaggi Migranti, Italy
Global Nomadic Art Project South Africa
AfrikaBurn 2012 – 2018
Baardskeerdersbos Art Route 2015 – 2018
Vijverspark Tytsjerk, Leeuwarden, NL
Geumgang Biennale, South Korea
Yatoo meets Dreieich, Stadtgalerie Dreieich, Germany
Korean Culture Center, Budapest, Hungary
International Forest Art Center, Darmstadt, Germany
Parco Begni, Pennabilli, Italy
Baardskeerdersbos Art Route, guest artist, South Africa
NWU Botanical Garden Gallery, Potchefstroom
Land Art Workshops since 2010
Works available in selected galleries in Cape Town
Works in private collections in South Africa and Europe