//Her interpretations of the self, and identity, as malleable and ever changing, have become anchored in a blend of imagery from classical art, early photography and consumer culture.
In the process of making the composition, the artist prints out the image on photographic paper and draws and paints on it, then scans the hand-manipulated image back into the computer. Parts of this hand-painted image are then integrated into the composition on the computer. This process of combining the hand-painted and the digitally-painted sections is repeated–often multiple times. There are often as many as 30-40 digital layers. Then, when the artist feels the image is more or less finished, she has it printed up at full scale, which is often several meters in size.
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.
Holden’s work is represented in a number of museum and corporate collections, including the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Sammlung Land Tirol (Austria); GasUnie (NL); the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; AKZO NOBEL (NL); ABN; AMRO; and Interpolis.
A selection of Holden’s work was also chosen for use on the cover of the Dutch translations of the novels of 2004 Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek.
PUG proudly presents work by 4 amazing contemporary artists at Paleet in Oslo.
Adr//Paleet, Karl Johans Gate 37-43
Date// March 15th to March 31
Time//Monday- Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 10am – 6 pm
LISA HOLDEN (NL) // Her interpretations of the self, and identity, as malleable and ever changing, have become anchored in a blend of imagery from classical art, early photography and consumer culture.