Holly Graham

MA work

Much of my work explores changeable narrative structures, stemming from a preoccupation with the malleability of memory and the subjective nature of collective experience. Bound up in this lies an interest the relationship between image, text and spoken language as recording mechanisms. This has prompted the discussion of formal concerns within my work surrounding questions of how fragmenting, repositioning and deleting of content alters and abstracts to create multiple varied readings, mimicking processes of recollection.


Momma Carmen Plummy


A brother nicknamed 'Brother'

A sister referred to as 'Momma'

A grandmother who's name is 'Aunt'


Momma Carmen Plummy looks at names and pet-names within Caribbean family tradition. Often eclipsing an individual's christian name, these nicknames denote familiar relationships and reference familial structure. The story-tellers recall and recount personal narratives which nestle within wider cultural histories – of social positioning and migration.


Lenticulars


The double image loiters along the boundaries of fixedness, teetering on the edge of reanimation. I have been looking at found family photographs taken in quick succession, and have been inserting these into the simple form of the lenticular image and the more recent gif. format. These awkward flickerings seem to me a jarring suspension in time, a fragment which refuses to sit still, a quivering, half-animated pause.


Info

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  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Fine Art

    Programme

    MA Printmaking, 2014

    Specialism

    Visual Arts

  • Much of my work explores changeable narrative structures, stemming from a preoccupation with the malleability of memory and the subjective nature of collective experience. Bound up in this lies an interest in the relationship between image, text and spoken language as recording mechanisms. This has prompted the discussion of formal concerns within my work surrounding questions of how fragmenting, repositioning and deleting of content alters and abstracts to create multiple varied readings, mimicking processes of recollection.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Fine Art, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, 2012
  • Experience

  • Private tutor (free-lance), London, 2013–14; Workshop leader, Art on the Underground, London, 2013; Visiting artist, The University of Northampton, Northampton, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Wild at Heart and Weird on Top, Cafe Gallery, London, 2014; Denkmaschinen – Thought Machines, Heiligenkreuzerhof, Vienna, 2013; Pushing Print, The Margate Gallery and The Pie Factory, Margate, 2013; The Ram, The Tunnel Gallery, Tunbridge, 2013; Portes Ouvertes, La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2013; In-Visible, Cafe Gallery, London , 2013; Words Spoken Aloud, Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2013; Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London, 2013; Note to Self, Darwin Gallery, London, 2013; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London 2013; The Ruskin Degree Show, The Old Power Station, Oxford, 2012; Debate Curate Collaborate – Take 1, The Green Room, Krakow, 2012; Arts Week, St Catherine's College, Oxford, 2012; Can I Tell You Something, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, 2012; Chatty Women, The Dolphin Gallery, Oxford, 2011; Puzzle Box, Mezzanine, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, 2011; Smash, Jacqueline du Pré Building, Oxford, 2010
  • Awards

  • Shortlist Artist, 20/21 Art Fair Award, 2013; Winner, Liz Daplyn Travel Award, 2011; Oxford Old Students' Scholarship for Academic Achievement, 2010; Winner, Waddesdon Manor Prize, 2010