Lisa Holden  will be represented at PUG//6 /Paleet/ She is a British-born artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and her intriguing work is based on her extensive background within the art world.
She combines digital imagery with hand painted layers to create ‘parallel realities’, referring to the exploration of displacement, adoption and the reinvention of identity as a necessity for survival. Holden’s large-scale, ‘digitally flawed’ painting-photographs interpret and react to our super-fast-paced, technologically driven society. The result is the artist’s depiction of a psychological spiral into more personal fracturing of identity, multiple transformations, and a more isolated self and society. New works clearly bear the stamp of Holden’s interest in Victorian painting and literature, which often illustrated richly colored fantasies and hallucinations. A work is created first on the basis of footage shot by the artist (using either a digital still camera or a digital video camera) and is often based on and documents a separate performance art event. The artist frequently takes her own image as the basis of the image. Integrating the digital artefacts randomly generated by the repeated layering process noted below into the final composition, her portrait becomes obscured, iterating the artist’s ongoing interest in notions of identity, alternate personas and constructed reality.
In her latest series, Holden explores the myth of Lilith. To some, mythological Lilith is the beautiful bearer of disease and death. To others she is Lamia, seductress, stealer of children. She is also Adam’s first wife. In today’s turbulent times, the myth of Lilith seems an apt starting point. Taking myths surrounding feminine icons like Lilith, Lamia and Danae as her inspiration, Holden’s latest body of work explores aspects of duality: beauty and destruction, the flesh and the spirit, order and chaos. This juxtaposition of opposites is echoed in her multi-layered compositions, which sample imagery from early studio photography, classical painting and consumer culture.
The final pieces blend analogue and digital imaging, photography and painting where Holden exploits her media and materials to full potential.
Lisa Holden is represented by ellen-k Fine Art Photography