Holly Vaughan

Holly Vaughan

Flight & Falling

Flight. 2014. 110 cm x 110 cm x 110 cm. Steel, Plaster, Latex. Photo Credit: Lenka M Cachanova Exhibited at the Rag Factory 2014.

‘Subtle Observations’ Group Exhibition at the Rag Factory. 2014.

Falling. 2014. 120 cm x 120 cm x 120 cm Steel, Plaster, Latex, Kapoc, Suede, Hemp, Cushion Stuffing. Exhibited at the Rag Factory 2014.

Subtle Observations 2014. Rag Factory. Handmade Merchandise of Falling.

Falling 2014. 120 cm x 120 cm x 120 cm Steel, Plaster, Latex, Kapoc, Suede, Hemp, Cushion Stuffing. Exhibited at the Rag Factory 2014.

Sculpture and Installation Artist, Holly Vaughan, mainly concentrates on experimenting with themes of abstract figures based on the body alignments and movements of performers and dancers, in moments of stillness. Fascinated with the world of dance from an early age, she continues to associate incredible beauty with the forms of the human body and all it is capable of. Although, her work is not about reality – this is where it stems from before it is translated into her own visual language. Aiming to express this in her work, she creates elegant, poised, feminine characters. Held by elements of gravity and balance, seeming to be in a state just moments before collapse. Taking inspiration from ambiguous forms found in nature and human biology, they convey qualities of vulnerability and fragility. The microscopic structures she visually studies, influence the figures so they appear to become distortions, bearing an ugliness that emerges as their strength. The figures are thus more inclined towards a sinister nature. Her sculptures carry tensions of tenacious feminine authority and roles of a submissive and helpless disposition. She consistently returns to certain forms or materials yet with each piece they are reinvented anew. Her sculptures are subtly erotic and harbour a rawness of which material is primarily responsible for. Vaughan considers aspects of the beauty and identity of the human form to be sexual, so therefore work concerning the body – work not limited to art but the broader art world, especially dance – naturally becomes erotic in some manner. Vaughan is infatuated with the freedom of the pure, almost holy, intimacy found between dancers. Drawing from her own experiences in dance, she admires the closeness and relationship that is created from the attitude, confidence and respect dancers hold for each other’s bodies, which, taken out of the dance world and placed into a different context in society would be amiss. She is responsive to the female in dance, and their abilities to carry a sexuality with dignity and strength, whilst men seek for it as a source of sexual entertainment. Her visual language highlights her desire to honour this certain femininity throughout her practise in the dialogue she creates between her materials and the processes contained within her work.

  • Date October 2014 – May 2015

  • Type Sculpture & Installation, Film Stills & Photography

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