gillian holding’s work is a futile attempt to pinpoint moments of the everyday and
unremarkable (what happens when nothing happens): futile, because the act of noticing
and recording paradoxically renders it extraordinary and often absurd. Her methodology
mainly involves wandering and recording urban ‘edgelands” and nameless bits of nowhere
in suburbs and suburbia.
her response to the everyday is profoundly informed by identity and place: how the
psychological and geographical space where we find ourselves affect our notions,
perceptions and assumptions about things. this generates sudden feelings of dissonance
when the familiar suddenly seems unfamiliar despite its daily ordinariness.
she often mixes painting and collage; partly it allows for a constant changing of visual
vocabulary to express a perpetual shifting response to any given subject. but partly too it's
an art form with disparate elements, and so defies society’s obsession with categorising
the world, identity and place of the individual.