Matter resonates for many different reasons. Whether natural or man-made, materials are a vital part of who we are and what we do. Reinterpreting these substances creates new meanings and possibilities for different and engaging sculptural outcomes.
In order to understand something I work with it, and let the material speak to me. My process often begins by taking a substance and breaking it down into smaller, more manageable parts, digesting it, testing it and seeing what it might do. I keep an open mind about these materials and let the work guide me as much as possible until something coalesces in the studio.
The sculptures refer to cell structures, nature, alchemic reactions, fluidity of thoughts and experiences. The substance used to make the work changes into something completely different. All the sculptures are using common materials to transform them into modular sculptures. Each piece interprets the idea of the module or cell structure, the notion of permutation, sequencing forms and objects from a single starting point.
Holly Holmes is a Chicago based artist producing paintings, sculpture and installations that explore systems and architecture found in both nature and technology. Working in wood and ceramics she produces modular sculptures that mimic cell structures and organic forms. Holly Holmes received her MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2011. She currently teaches at SAIC and the Hyde Park Art Center.