In my drawings and paintings, photographs and installations I am creating a colourful world that I want to live in, inhabited by beautiful rebels and courageous adventurers. I collaborate with friends, unknowns and icons alike and am interested in the many layers of appearance and identity, inward and outer beauty.
The archetypal figure of the Trickster has proved the main character throughout my work. In his aspects as a magician and joker, as well as a rascal and rogue, he connects the most diverse elements of my art with ease: the high and low, eroticism and spirituality, the poetic and the subversive.
THE WHITE ROSE
- “The White Rose …presents the images of the human figures in reverse, as in a photographic negative. In this way, Hopf is able to suggest simultaneously the furtive nature of their underground activities, the revilement of the movement by party officials, the death sentences that befell the White Rose members who were caught, and finally the historical pall which has covered them until only recently. …the portraits of these youthful freedom fighters stress their moral luster rather than their physical prowess, a true heroic mien having been achieved through selfless dedication and ultimate sacrifice to a nobler cause.”
- Thomas W. Sokolowski, former director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh