Linda Holloway's work creates visual environments that absorb us as we move closer, filling our whole field of vision with a gentle hum of tonal harmonies that Holloway likens to visual music.
Light is not only an active participant in the viewing experience of Holloway’s work, but intrinsic to the making of these paintings. Holloway’s paintings respond sensitively to the shifting environments in which they were made, but also create a shifting environment in and of themselves. As we approach the works our own shadows are cast onto them, and become incorporated with the paintings. Our presence becomes intrinsic to the formation of these works as we actively contribute to the sense of movement and transformation, and so each experience of them is unique.
The poignancy of Holloway’s paintings exists in the crucial space between repetition and difference. This notion encourages us to look not just at the shared commonality between forms, occurrences or events, but to notice and revel in the differences between seemingly repetitive phenomena. The subtle, transformative qualities of Holloway’s paintings encourage us to embrace this sense of difference, and enjoy moments of transience and experience.
Excerpt from essay by Linda Yang
Born: 1951, Wellington
Education: Master of Fine Arts (Hons), Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland; Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland; Post-Graduate Diploma Broadcast Communication, University of Auckland
Awards/Distinctions: The Wallace Art Awards - Finalist (2013, 2010, 2006); Under-Coat (collaboration with group ‘Skirt’) invited to attend Vienna Festival, Austria (2006)
Public Exhibitions: The Intellectual Fashion Show, The Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland (2016); The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt NZ, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch (2015);Auratica Fantastica, Window, University of Auckland (2011)
Publications/Articles:‘Visions of life and mortality’ by Terry McNamara, The New Zealand Herald, Feb 2015;Gleanings Exhibition Catalogue, essay by Warwick Brown, 2009; ‘Finding happiness in the abstract’ by Terry McNamara, The New Zealand Herald, Sept 2009; ‘Beautiful and Compelling’, Art News New Zealand, Autumn 2005, pg 41