Kathleen Holmes

Contact Information:

Four 17th Avenue South
Lake Worth, Florida 33460-5804


Artist Statement:

Kathleen Holmes was born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1953, and grew up in the deep South. She incorporates found and self-made pieces of crocheted textiles into her work as metaphors for the particular patterns of her native Southern culture. These textiles are a tradition in her family going back as far as family legends recall. Her earliest visual vocabulary was made up of intricate repetitive patterns formed by the skillful working of one continuous thread, line evolving into form and pattern. Now, working with the formalism of these abstract patterns, she expresses her feelings about the nature of the many patterns we grow and live by; emotional, social, behavioral, and spiritual. Color and texture refer to the range and intricacy of these life patterns, and sculptural forms to their manifestations in all of us.

Of specific interest to Kathleen is how these pieces of traditional handwork transcend the mere decorative by creating evocative domestic icons, subtly powerful and often innocently ironic. Rusted, pierced, and shaped metal refers to man-made aspects of society and provides the visual and conceptual counterpoint to the woman-made textiles, thereby creating a metaphorical duality. The archetypal dress is her homage to the countless generations of women and girls who, by perpetuating a social art form, have endowed her artistic heritage.

A Girl Is Born With All Her Eggs
78" x 40" x 36" 2001

78" x 50" x 36" 2003

16" x 8" x 8" 2003

Perfect Marriage
78" x 48" x 36" 2000

The Archivist
17" x 10" x 9" 2003

Venus Verde at Epcot (2001)
78" x 40" x 40" steel, concrete, earth, and grass

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