Holly B. Martz
County: King County
GAP Award 2015
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Holly Ballard Martz received her B.F.A. from the University of Washington. Her work has been exhibited nationally and several of her pieces were recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Holly is most interested in psychological constraints: “the inner monologue that plays on auto repeat, operating from a place of fear that we are not enough of whatever we believe makes us deserving of love and approval.” Her paintings, sculptures, and assemblages focus on the human condition and explore issues of identity, regret, and grief.
Holly received 2015 GAP funding to assist in creating “Seeking Asylum,” an installation about finding refuge and casting off psychological constraints, taking place at Studio 103 in Seattle in March 2016. The award will support Holly as she moves into creating installation work in an effort to create an immersive and impactful experience for the viewer.
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American Dream (cash injection), Glass syringe, shredded US currency, mixed media, 17” x 2 ½” x 1 ½”, 2015. photo: Nick Felkey.
Ready, okay!, Vintage megaphone, concrete, enamel, 10” x 22” x 10”, 2014. photo: Nick Felkey.
My mantra of lies up in lights, Dental x-ray viewers, mixed media, 24” x 15” x 3”, 2013. photo: Nick Felkey.
Do not leave valuables unattended, Drinking glasses, mirror, activated charcoal, 4” x 3” x 3”, 2014. photo: Nick Felkey.
Lunaticus (moonstruck), Vintage croquet mallets and mixed media, 2014. photo: Nick Felkey .