Juliet Holland Signed 1988-92 “Blue Encrustation #2” Mixed Media Wall Assemblage
A 1988-92 mixed media wall assemblage titled Blue Encrustation #2 by the American artist Juliet Holland (1937-2017). Holland used a palimpsest of paint, resin, and wood to create this abstract wall assemblage. The background of the work is blue and rust colored, darkening on the right side. An intentional use of distressing is evident throughout the work. The assemblage is signed, dated, and titled to the verso.
Born in Wellesley Hills and Duxbury, Massachusetts, Juliet Holland (1937-2017) moved on from her life as a suburban wife, mother, and social hostess and began her art practice in the 1960s. Holland’s adult life was spent between two chosen homes; for more than 35 years, she lived between an apartment at Bleeker and Broadway in New York City and a tiny fisherman’s cottage in Saugatuck Shores, Connecticut. Her technique mirrored her dual landscapes and incorporated rich layers of sand, paints, clay, powders, metallics, and natural elements, which were built up, then scratched and scraped back down, creating layers — evoking time.
Holland showed in over one hundred one-person and group exhibitions between 1981 and 2018. Her work is held in museums such as the San Antonio Museum of Modern Art, Reading Public Museum, as well as a number of corporate and private collections. Holland was a co-founder of Art Bridge, a program that established an artist exchange between Japan and the United States for twelve years. In addition to being an artist and businesswoman, she worked as a curator of several exhibitions and was on the board of directors of Lamia Ink!, a non-profit organization dedicated to the arts.
34” x 21” x 2”
Minor scuffs and scrapes consistent with age. Intentional distressing and wear present.
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