My studio space at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO
Drawings of Thread Series
pen and acrylic on paper, mounted on board
The Lady of The Lake: The Art of Cassandra Holden
Casandra Holden’s work brings into question society and its perceptions of what makes us human. She often uses hair and yarn, manipulating these materials in the same way they have always been, by hand. Her work gives thought to what is natural, what is elegant, what is beautiful. She leads the viewer by the hand and asks are these things important? The work is often messy and uncontrolled projecting a struggle in the attempt to bring the material to its current state. It’s not about imagery but instead about the natural human need to form and control the world around us. She uses the common expectations of textile and hair-styling to prove that there is beauty in imperfection and in the discarding of the attempt of such perfection we can find balance and order in the larger scheme of things. It is normal behavior to label based on appearance and by using these materials which are so often a major part of these decisions we make about others but removing them from any usual function it shows all our superficiality and readiness to judge and how easy it is for us to manipulate ourselves into seeing and perceiving ideas so impacting.
My friends and I started an art house in New York City called Baby Teeth. This is Marcel’s description and introduction to my work. I wrote a statement about his work, too.
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"Veils" series, 10" x 16" each, lithographs, 2011
Auburn Cuffs for Mourners
Auburn Jewelry for Mourners
Blonde Bracelet and Ring for Mourners
crocheted head adornments detail
"Vestige," installation, 2012
A vestige is a trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists. In this installation, viewers were invited to sit at the desk, look in the drawers, and search through the pages of books that I bound. The books were filled with monoprints, text, and collages including fabrics that I wove on a loom. This piece explores how furniture, personal objects, and hair are links to individual history and identity.
"Yarn," installation, 2011