Naama Hofman creates "objects that hold light", in her own words, rather than mere lamps. This tricky definition is what instantly got us hooked on her work. From her Jaffa studio-at-home she crafted a series of nine light fixtures that produce something more than light – they turn it into an idea. Each object in the series carries a theme, expressed by a the interaction of a certain material and lighting elements. For instance, 001, the first in the series, is an open metal loop completed by a LED-lit acrylic pipe; It's an object that can be positioned to create a large variety of almost graphic compositions.
According to Hofman, the two-dimensional aspect of her objects takes precedent over their three-dimensional properties, and is a product of her work process, "I take pictures of almost everything I do. By observing the photos I can make better judgement of what I made."
Some pieces offer a minimalistic, near-zen experience; Such is the 005 which is made from an acrylic light tube which is held by clear pieces of glass, making the strip of light almost a sole subject. Some other pieces are collaborations, like the 009 which is made of a circle of LED lights mounted on Tyvek sheets printed by textile designer Dikla Benari.
Some pieces are more about context, like the 003, which gives homage to the street presence of fluorescent bulbs that can be found in store signs and bus stops, for instance. It's the series' simplest object in terms of construction, yet it is also the bravest. On a typical Jaffa night, it's possible to see the green lights emanating from one of the city's mosques – beautifully interacting with the night sky – every day a little differently; This is precisely the idea behind the 003 object, presenting light subjectivity and its ability to be in dialogue with its context in particular ways. It's an almost neutral object that can play with its surrounding differently anywhere it's placed.
Naama Hofman currently works on further collaborations and exhibitions in Israel and the world. We are proud to exclusively showcase the 003.5, a specially crafted version of her iconic work. Click here to learn more about the 003.5 project.