Juliet Holland 1993 Signed “Constructing Memory 1” Mixed Media Wall Assemblage
A 1993 mixed media wall assemblage titled, Constructing Memory 1 by American artist Juliet Holland (1937-2017). Topped with a plank of reclaimed wood, the assemblage features a triptych arrangement of found objects including sand, clay, and natural elements. Carved, scraped and scratched, each mound creates a visual abstract form. Mauve, white, black, red, and tan with metallic accents cover each section. The assemblage is signed 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.
62" x 19.5" x 3".
Intentional wear throughout with scratches, chips, nicks, and gouges throughout. Cracks to the wood due to the found object nature of the pieces.
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