and Landmarks are both expressions of my ongoing exploration of the
relationship between culture, place and identity.
Holly first exhibited Fancywork, at John Curtin Gallery in 2000, it
was accompanied by ten traditional heritage embroideries. By including
them Holly wished to acknowledge the creative impulse that has
moved so many women (and some men) in differing walks of life and often
in trying conditions, to participate in a time honoured leisure
activity that has received little serious critical attention outside
the domestic crafts area.
studied hundreds of embroideries whilst researching the Fancywork
project and finally selected just seven to enlarge and literally rework
onto large printed photographic Australian landscape backdrops.
She chose these embroidered designs for their iconic status in the fancywork
tradition; for their personal associations; and to evoke a domestic
and female perspective on the colonization of the Australian landscape
in the actions and imagination of new (Anglo-European) arrivals. She
stated that, at the beginning of the project I assumed the
landscape to be a fairly passive background for the reception
of the new embroidered imagery, but in fact it already carried the weight
of European art history in my framing of it (the picturesque view,
my adherence to certain rules of perspective) and a European presence
was already evident in the botanical names of the species represented.
Landmarks, first shown at Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra in
2002, there is a move away from figurative, pictorial representation
to a poetic evocation of landscape as the site of intersection
of physical, historical and emotional space. In this series Holly combines
materials extracted from the land, such as resin and dyes made from
native plants, with motifs from European textile history. She noted
that in both bodies of work, despite their apparent differences,
land; culture; body and memory are combined to form an ecology of place.
Holly arrived in Australia in 1971 and studied at Curtin University, finishing her post-graduate studies in Visual Arts in 1992. This is her fifth solo exhibition. Hollys artworks can be found in many prestigious collections including the Art Gallery of WA, Curtin University, and the City of Fremantle.
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