Holland, Barbara

Barbara Holland

I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another. Mostly I attempt to capture a moment, or a feeling, or the essence of something or someone. That approach takes me down many different paths.
For me, art is an invitation to a conversation. A dance. I know what story I am telling in my art but what do you see? Why do you see it that way? The outcome of that conversation is where the magic lies. Like life, the story we create together is far richer than each one individually.
I never considered myself to be an artist until people began to call me that. I just like to create. I began 30+ years ago with woodworking. I loved antique furniture but couldn’t afford it so I would find a picture of something I liked and go make it. Then I became interested in woodcarving and my artistic leanings evolved. It wasn’t until I moved to Arizona in 2003 and discovered Scottsdale Artists School that I could indulge my greatest passion, playing with clay.
I spent most of my childhood and a good part of my early teens playing with clay . From the clay bank beside the stream that ran through my grandmother’s farm to the modeling clay my mother gave me as a child. The texture, the malleability, the softness of it begged to be touched, molded, and shaped. As an adult, I take that childhood love and turn it into pieces that move and inspire me.
Influences
I am moved by the work of Bryan Tubbs. It calls to me with its odd beauty and makes me think with its sometimes dark undertones. I love Simon Kogan for his ability to capture that illusive magical element and infuse it into his sculptures. I am captivated by the work of Christophe CharbI don't set out to produce art about one subject or another. Mostly I attempt to capture a moment, or a feeling, or the essence of something or someone. That approach takes me down many different paths.
For me, art is an invitation to a conversation. A dance. I know what story I am telling in my art but what do you see? Why do you see it that way? The outcome of that conversation is where the magic lies. Like life, the story we create together is far richer than each one individually.
I never considered myself to be an artist until people began to call me that. I just like to create. I began 30+ years ago with woodworking. I loved antique furniture but couldn’t afford it so I would find a picture of something I liked and go make it. Then I became interested in woodcarving and my artistic leanings evolved. It wasn’t until I moved to Arizona in 2003 and discovered Scottsdale Artists School that I could indulge my greatest passion, playing with clay.
I spent most of my childhood and a good part of my early teens playing with clay . From the clay bank beside the stream that ran through my grandmother’s farm to the modeling clay my mother gave me as a child. The texture, the malleability, the softness of it begged to be touched, molded, and shaped. As an adult, I take that childhood love and turn it into pieces that move and inspire me.
Influences
I am moved by the work of Bryan Tubbs. It calls to me with its odd beauty and makes me think with its sometimes dark undertones. I love Simon Kogan for his ability to capture that illusive magical element and infuse it into his sculptures. I am captivated by the work of Christophe Charbonnel. It speaks to me in ways I cannot explain.


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