In 2019, Höflich was awarded the Georges Mora Fellowship. This new body of work has been created through the fellowship, which allowed her access to the State Library of Victoria’s special collections. Specifically, Höflich drew inspiration from the library’s Alma Conjuring Collection. This exhibition explores the different concepts of magic, from inattentional blindness, divination and magic as a portal to the unknown.
Höflich is also inspired by the dynamic relationship between still and moving images and sees image-making as an imprint of the everyday flow of energy and information. Her work often illustrates the relationship between digital and analogue technologies, and she also explores the differences and similarities between human thought and mechanised systems.
Höflich said: “To Feed your Oracle explores processes of cognition and sense-making and how they can depart from automated, predetermined outcomes.”
Ruth Höflich’s work has been shown in several international spaces including Munich, London, Lubov, Glasgow, New York and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Höflich has also spent time as an artist resident at Grizedale Arts, UK, The Banff Centre, Canada and Maracuya, Tijuana.
In 2016 Höflich was awarded with the Emerging Artist Prize form the city of Munich. She is also one half of the collaborative practice Halpert/Höflich, which engages with other artists through publishes and performances. She holds her MFA from Bard College, New York and her BA from The Slade, London.
6 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
Opening: Friday 21 May, from 6pm.
Exhibition dates: 22 May — 22 August 2021
Image credit: Ruth Höflich in her studio. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography.