A lot of my recent work reflects everyday encounters with the delights and absurdities of the mundane and the familiar. As the writer Georges Perec nicely puts it, it's all about seeing the unremarkable and what happens when nothing is happening. I spend far too many hours than are good for me wandering urban 'edgelands' and nameless bits of nowhere in suburbs and suburbia. The resulting art I like to see as a re- enchantment of the ordinary world around us.
A Demographic Mapping of a Corner of Holbeck (2011) exemplifies this body of work. It's a acrylic wash/ink drawing comprising every individual passing me as I sat on a street corner in Holbeck, Leeds in the summer of 2011. Caught in street movement, or sitting at cafes or hanging around doing nothing, their poses are more typical of paparazzi "celebrity" shots so much a part of 21st century popular culture than of anonymous "ordinary" people.
There's a lot going on visually in this piece. Its not a work you can read at a glance. In this respect, and in the wide narrative horizontal format, it's reminiscent of Chinese hand scrolls which I've always found fascinating both in terms of narrative content and composition. But the narrative quotidian aspect of the work also follows in the tradition of many European artists going back to Brueghel and Hogarth.
- Name: Gillian Holding
- Country: GB
- Website: www.gillianholding.com
- Discipline: FINE_ARTIST