Approved: 26.04.2010

Holly Slingsby

Artist

Approved: 26.04.2010

My recent work cannibalises and regurgitates visions of the divine from various cultural traditions. I am fascinated by the ways in which these images overlap, how a particular symbol is adopted and adapted as it passes from ancient pagan mythology to devout religion to modern secularism. These efforts to capture the divine (if indeed such a thing exists) inevitably fail but humanity’s continued

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  • Location: London
  • Categories: Drawing, Film & Video, Live Art, Performance, Sculpture, Textiles
 
 

Biography

My recent work cannibalises and regurgitates visions of the divine from various cultural traditions. I am fascinated by the ways in which these images overlap, how a particular symbol is adopted and adapted as it passes from ancient pagan mythology to devout religion to modern secularism. These efforts to capture the divine (if indeed such a thing exists) inevitably fail but humanity’s continued attempts to do so lie at the core of my interest; religious iconography attempts to visualise the invisible, and articulate the unknowable, both of which fascinate me. This preoccupation extends into the way that classical figures have been subsumed into contemporary consumerism – Venus razors, Nike trainers, Mars bars – and the imagery this produces. My reference points range from opulent medieval frescoes to nativity play costumes improvised with a tea towel and a scrap of tinsel. From these various sources I construct new deities who are conspicuously human, hand-made, unconvincing and distinctly unreliable. The props and costumes I make use quotidian materials like cotton and cardboard to emulate something sacred; they are recycled and disposable like many of the icons that populate our everyday visual culture.

CV & Education

Education and Awards

2010 - Sir Andrew Taylor Prize in Fine Art, Slade School of Art, London

2010 - MFA Fine Art Media, Slade School of Fine Art, London

2006 - BFA (Hons) Fine Art, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 - Behind the Curtain, Tintype Gallery, London

2012 - PROPS FOR THE SKY, SHIFT. , London

2009 - It Was Gravity Which Pulled Us Down, Christ Church Spitalfields, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 - Grand Union, Birmingham; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

2014 - The Centre for Remote Possibilities, Matt's Gallery, London

2014  - You cannot step twice into the same river, Pump House Gallery, London

2014 - Foam, Project/Number, London; AND/OR, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2014 - Art (After) Death, Highgate Cemetary, London

2014 - EC1 and WC1 Galleries Day, Tintype, London

2014 - AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX LIVE, Spike Island, Bristol

2013 - AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX LIVE, Modern Art Oxford

2013 - My Head is an Animal, South Square, Bradford

2013 - Art Licks Weekend: Stop, Look, Listen!, Peckham, London

2013 - Black Maria Showcase, Black Maria, London

2013 - Lore of the Land, Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire

2013 - Stage Night, The Horse Hospital, London

2013 - Totemic Festival, Freud Museum, London

2012 - Art Licks Annual, ICA, London

2012 - LIPA, ICA, London

2012 - LUPA 7, LUPA, London

2012 - SUPERNORMAL, Brazier's Park, Oxfordshire

2011 - Acoustic Sessions, shift. at Angus Hughes Gallery, London

2011 - More Soup and Tart, The Barbican, London

2011 - Parlour Principia, Swedenborg House, London

2011 - POW!, FOLD Gallery, London 2010 - Babel, WW Gallery, London

2010 - Equal Night, The Dissenters' Chapel and Gallery, London

2010 - FEM 10, Gresol Art, Girona, Spain

2010 - Live Friday, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

2009 - Both Ends Burning, WW Gallery, London

2009 - Making Mistakes, Paradise Row, London

2008 - East End Collaborations, Queen Mary University, London

2007 - Zelda Rubenstein, Paradise Row/ 7-9 Princelet Street, London

2005 - Montana Butch, Great Eastern Hotel, London