A work by Holly has been shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize 2017, but it isn’t a painting. This year, the Prize celebrates the ‘Artist as Polymath’, showcasing work that does not necessarily fit within conventional boundaries of discipline and medium.

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“Alongside painting, I have always created works in thread, using a freehand embroidery technique. I approach them in a similar way, starting with the barest of preconceptions about composition. As with my work in oil paint, the subject of this piece is an unremarkable (invented) landscape which might be the setting for dramatic events on a scale from the personal to the atmospheric. Layers of cotton thread are built up to the extent that those first laid down are almost completely obscured by the end of the process.”

Suburban storm

Thread on linen, 17 x 24.5 cm (38 x 44.5 cm framed)