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Review: Holly Roberts at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Through March 2, 2013


Holly Roberts lives and works in New Mexico and grew up there as a child. New Mexico and the broader region is a place of intersections- of culture, heritage, and belief between Western and Indigenous populations. Ideologies and histories mingle and bleed together, and we can't help but wonder as we look at her work if her environment played part in the hybridization that occurred in her practice. Robets has been integrating photography and painting since 1980. What began as an experiment that pulled images of family, friends, animals, textures, and objects together with paint developed into a style all her own. Robert's style is hard to mistake- images are intuitive, bizar at times, but always convincing. Emotion, symbol, and metaphor engage in what at first glance could be mistaken for simplistic frames. The works are playful but serious. There is a consciousness to the work that attentive viewers can read into and begin to unfold.

Human features weave into and out of works with enough repetition that we start to feel a sense of implication; the human eye in Bird with Storm or Road Rabbit or teeth that make the hoofs of Trojan Horse have us immediately looking closer- at everything. We identify manmade surfaces too- concrete, newspapers, roadsigns and more that become components of animal bodies or environments. The implication runs both ways- the dress of the figure in People that are Trees II and bark that makes almost the entire form of Hard Ride I makes us realize the connectivity of the world. The summ of these sentiments point towards a responsibility of each to the other. Though drawn from pieces each work comes together with success as a whole and more broadly the whole body of work speaks to a philosophy of living, a view on the world.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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