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gillian holding

medium - paint / collage


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.




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