Holly Addi (1973, SLC, Utah, United States) makes
paintings and mixed media artworks. By rejecting
an objective truth and global cultural narratives,
Addi creates with daily, recognizable elements,
an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is
confronted with the conditioning of his own
perception and has to reconsider his biased position.
Her paintings are often about contact with
architecture and basic living elements. Energy
(heat, light, water), space and landscape are
examined in less obvious ways and sometimes
developed in absurd ways. In a search for new
methods to 'read the city', she focuses on the
idea of 'public space' and more specifically on
spaces where anyone can do anything at any given
moment: the non-private space, the non-privately
owned space, space that is economically uninteresting.
Her works urge us to renegotiate painting as
being part of a reactive or - at times - autistic
medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our
contemporary society. By applying abstraction, she
creates intense personal moments masterfully
created by means of rules and omissions,
acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round
and round in circles.
Her work doesn't reference recognizable form.
The results are deconstructed to the extent that
meaning is shifted and possible interpretation
becomes multifaceted. Holly Addi currently lives
and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.