BY LUCY KENWARD
The Corridor Gallery is harbouring a site-specific solo show by Holly Rozier which opens on the 1st June. To truly understand the sheer excitement and anticipation it is best to begin with a basic understanding of the exhibition title ‘Unheimlich’:
- Weird, uncanny.
- Familiar, yet unfamiliar.
- Concealed, out of sight.
‘Unheimlich’ is a slightly perplexing German word with no direct English equivalent. The translation offers three different meanings which perfectly sum up the textile artist Holly Rozier and her bizarrely beautiful body of work. Her art is an exploration through the mediums of textiles, soft sculpture and installation.
In ‘Unheimlich’ Holly Rozier has developed new work that perfectly embodies and transmits a powerful sense of the uncanny. The uncanny is something outside of one’s familiar knowledge or perceptions. She described this special site-specific show as: ‘Dealing with much more undeniably unifying and universally human emotions than I have ever explored before.’
Every sculpture is created entirely by Holly’s own hands in a lengthy, physical process which voices a visceral visual language. Holly manipulates a range of fabrics to create her work selecting domestic materials from hosiery, stuffing and textile remnants. In a lengthy and complex process these materials are mutated; twisted, formed, shaped, hand-dyed, then delicately finished with intricate embroidery detail and intense beadwork. This rivals examples of the refined embellishments from Couture fashion houses.
The choice of materials Holly selects are also linked through their close association with the body. Their transformation from everyday fabrics into these strange soft sculptures seem to capture a special power which simultaneously delights and repulses. Despite the lengthy and complex process involved in transforming these everyday fabrics, Holly’s finished soft sculptures remain oddly familiar. They evoke a sense of internal organs and the unseen elements of the human form. However these twisted, embellished forms sometimes seem alien.
Holly Rozier developed her unique practice during her fine art studies at the University of Chichester. Since graduating Holly has continued exploring her practice, completing a year long residency at St George’s Ascot School. Her work is regularly exhibited at various Brighton group exhibitions and her recent London shows include “Hand Maid”, a group show with “We are Sweet Art,” and a featured artist spot as part of the exhibition at the prestigious ‘Feminism in London Conference’.
The Corridor Gallery is thrilled to work with Holly Rozier at this exciting stage of her career. ‘Unheimlich’ will run from the 1st June – 3rd July at the Corridor Gallery. The gallery showcases the wealth and talent of Brighton, and sells a diverse array of affordable accessories, art works, and prints. Keep an eye on their facebook page for the latest offers and events.