Holly Houlton: The Visual Artist
Updated: Aug 3, 2020
Holly Houlton is a recent first-class graduate from Coventry University; she is a photographer and writer based in the UK.
Houlton’s work mainly explores the subjects of people and place with a particular interest in the effects they have on one another in relation to experience and time. Using a personal approach, themes of intimacy, relationship and self-reflection are applied to interpret her surrounding environments. Specific attention to detail and light attempts to draw out the perhaps otherwise unseen and stimulate emotive contemplation.
Alongside her visual practice, she is also a passionate writer on photography in both the journalistic and academic form. Houlton is a listed author at Professional Photo Magazine and regularly contributes to and has been published by numerous other established magazines or platforms within the field.
Besides also taking part in exhibitions regarding her photographic practice, Houlton also volunteers at art galleries and festivals which have included: the Eastside Projects contemporary art gallery and the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art festival. She has also assisted professional photographers such as; Ian Farrell and Phillip Waterman.
Houlton’s degree show work, Through Place and Mind responds to her relationship with the British countryside. The body of work combines the use of photography, ambient sound and spoken word to express Houlton’s emotional links with the landscape. The work draws upon notions associated with the Romantic movement in its attempt to convey feeling and self-expression as a result of being within a landscape. The use of mixed media creates a timeless space and acts as a metaphor, responding to how landscapes are remembered and felt.
Viewers are taken on a sensory journey, enabling the audience to engage in a meditative experience. This aspires to invoke reflection on how the rural landscape and nature can provide a space for emotive contemplation through an exploration of place. The work aims to encourage viewers to consider their own relationship with land and place.
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During the last couple of weeks, the visual artist has been practicing her skills with the very tactile and hands-on process of making cyanotype prints. Houlton loves the process due to its low environmental impact and the way it allows a new and tangible connection to the photographs printed and interactions with the natural world.
She is now taking commissions to make prints for customers, here is some key information to know what you can request of her to make for you if you’re interested:
- A4 watercolour paper print
- A5 watercolour paper print
- A5 postcard (card paper)
- A4 card paper print
- You can either send your own photos or use Houlton’s own photography images (more of these can be viewed via her website in bio)
- You can request which plants are used subject to what she has in her garden!/shown in the examples