Holly Vaughan

Holly Vaughan

SIREN

Siren Devine, 2016. Photolithography. 111cm x 36cm. SIREN Unit G Gallery 12A Collent St, London E9 6SG 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

Siren’s Mime, 2016. Photolithography. 111cm x 36cm. SIREN Unit G Gallery 12A Collent St, London E9 6SG 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

Siren’s Satire, 2016. Photolithography. 111cm x 36cm. SIREN Unit G Gallery 12A Collent St, London E9 6SG 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

Siren’s Denude, 2016. Photolithography. 111cm x 36cm. SIREN Unit G Gallery 12A Collent St, London E9 6SG 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

Siren Says, 2016. Photolithography. 111cm x 36cm. SIREN Unit G Gallery 12A Collent St, London E9 6SG 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

Peel Siren, 2016. Photolithography. 111cm x 36cm. SIREN Unit G Gallery 12A Collent St, London E9 6SG 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

Siren’s Lure, 2016. Photolithography. 111cm x 36cm. SIREN Unit G Gallery12A Collent St, London E9 6SG 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

Siren’s Waiting Woman, 2016. Photolithography. 111cm x 36cm. SIREN Unit G Gallery 12A Collent St, London E9 6SG 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

Originally born in Africa, multimedia Artist Holly Vaughan comes from a multicultural and well-travelled background, leading her to base her practice and residence in East London. A significant part of her methods of work comes from constancy and consistency of place in life. One of the only consistent factors in Holly’s life is her bodily self. In earlier years, her awareness about the world and her place in it developed through the constant shifting of place, people and context. Deeply held feelings and personal intuitions were carried from place to place, coupled with an intense creativity and desire for self-expression. This led Holly to focus on her own being, her personal way of observing, evolving and releasing multimedia in a constantly shifting landscape. Her work mainly consists of experimenting with themes of connectivity and intimacy, responding to the female form – bodily performance and expressions of emotions and thoughts that are intimately bound up with how the body behaves. Holly views her subjects with familiarity as extensions of her own self, holding respect for female abilities to carry sexuality with dignity and strength. Her visual language highlights her desire to honour this aspect of femininity throughout her practise through the dialogue she creates between her materials and the processes contained within her work. Holly Vaughan finds important and interesting to focus on the development and processes of making. The work is born from a single moment, traveling through multiple media over time, showing a buildup of age and maturity. Holly works instinctively, collecting materials and expressions that she feels drawn to that embody representations of the human body, challenging herself to play. She believes in working with the strengths and characteristics of her materials with awareness that they have a life of their own, independent of the maker, allowing the work to naturally unfold – the beauty of rest, the ease of breathing, knowing that there is harmony when wholeness is offered. Focusing on the bodily qualities of the skin and hair, Holly references the textures and transparencies of the skin, the way the skin moves, stretches, folds and changes, and the hardness and the softness, emphasising the nature and movement of hair over the body. Traces of processes previously journeyed are left fragmented and overlapped, blurring the boundaries contained within the piece. Her works are subtly erotic and harbour a rawness of which flexible working methods are a primary catalyst. The images from the unique photolitho print series, ‘’SIREN’’, originally stills, are taken from the film ‘’Siren’s Meeting’’ by Holly Vaughan. ‘’SIREN’’ began with a steel, plaster and latex figure loosely based on the human form. A female model was filmed interacting and communicating through behaviour, performance and movement – the fully breathing with the never before breathed. The photolitho process used is able to retain the nature of the previous digital state of the original image. Fragments of detailed pixels lay amongst the various textures and cracks depicted in the ink, integrating two different eras. Her inspiration comes from Artists such as Berlinde de Bruyckyere, Pipilotti Rist, Louise Bourgious and Marlene Dumas.


  • Role Solo Exhibition

  • For unitg.london/gallery/

  • Date 30-6-16 – 23-7-16

  • Type Photolithography Prints

  • URL unitg.london/gallery/

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