Heidi Holmes

Heidi Holmes, Wet/Dry/Wet/Dry, 2022, Fabric, bleach, dye, paint, dishwashing-massage glove (for Guillaume), latex hose, nails, plugged power sockets, acrylic hoop, found holes, horse hair, liquid latex, KY Naturals sensitive lubricant, found fibers, dry pastel, goat milk soap, glycerin soap, cosmetic pigment, rotten-flower fragrance, blowflies, fabric piping, acetate, silicone, water, micro-fibre mop socks.

This documentation is from the MFA 2022 Thesis Exhibition, from which Wet/Dry/Wet/Dry draws inspiration and reference. To see more, please see my website heidiholmes.net

Heidi Holmes, In this body of work, the symptoms of Menopause become material (installation details), 2022. Sheets, towels, fabric, dye, vegetable dye, food colouring, bleach, paint, racks, shelves, clothes dryer, blowfly, trolley, wash cloths, fasteners, broccoli juice, pots, glasses, bowls, containers, pump, silicone, vinyl, water, the measurement of blood from the artist’s last Menstrual cycle, measurement of healthy pH vaginal discharge (and underwear bleaching), measurement of fluid in the artist’s body, the artist’s height, Vaseline, acrylic, underwear, St John’s wort, horse hair, artist hair, goat milk soap, KY lubricant (sensitive), electrical cords, plugs, washing line, pegs, diamante flower. Installation dimensions are variable, clothes dryer performance 45 mins. Clothes Dryer Performances Daily: 9:30, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30.

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Heidi Holmes’ practice begins with the body, however nobody (no-body) is the location where this practice presently exists. To be clear, this practice stems from symptoms that develop within a body and then exist outside of a body as material. Currently, these materials are formed by the symptoms and conditions of Menopause. Formerly, these materials were determined by annals of failing and failed fertility.

Heidi Holmes was born in Melbourne (Naarm), Australia where she completed a BFA (Hons) at The University of Melbourne (VCA) and is currently undertaking an MFA at Emily Carr University of Art & Design on the land of the Coast Salish peoples – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations (Vancouver, CA). In recent years, Holmes has exhibited internationally in solo and curated group exhibitions, in artist run spaces, museums and commercial galleries. Holmes’ work was recently featured in Angela Balzano’s book, To do away with the family, From abortion to post-human relationships, published by Meltemi Press.

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