Born and raised in the Netherlands, Marcia Haffmans immigrated to the USA over two decades ago. Her work has been shown at galleries in the Midwest, including Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Duluth Art Institute and DeVos Art Museum. She has also exhibited in Maryland, New York, the Netherlands and Italy. Haffmans received a 2016 Jerome Fiber Artists Project Fellowship and a 2017 Artist Initiative grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Haffmans’ art has explored the versatility of lines through painted abstract interpretations of lines on the horizon that gradually turned into etched lines of mark-making into wet paint, evolving into imageries of etched, illegible script on canvas. Making handwritings part of the layered language of this work was a natural progression whereby Haffmans’ conceptual focus turned into scripts recounting oppression. Her recent work consists of conceptual script-based explorations through 3-D installations where the effort is focused on giving another dimension to the handwritings of outcasts through materials and techniques.
Haffmans is currently working on Script from Within, made possible by a 2017 Artist Initiative grant of the Minnesota State Arts Board. It involves creating 3-D visual art with contemporary handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota and intends to raise awareness of mass incarceration of women and related issues.
Marcia Haffmans is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.