Week 28: Holly Wilson

The Art

“BELONGING” by Holly Wilson
Bronze, Patina and Geode,
9.5″ x 10″ x 6″, 2014          

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Holly Wilson "Belonging"     Bronze, Patina and Geode, 9.5" x 10" x 6"

Holly Wilson “Belonging” Bronze, Patina and Geode, 9.5″ x 10″ x 6″


The Music

“A Sense of Place” (my ode to a geode)
(4:32 mins) Helen Davey
(for congas, six voices, crystal chimes and scallop shells)

Artist’s Notes

Holly Wilson

“Belonging” we are always looking for that feeling of belonging that sense of a key in a lock. The geode I broke open revealing two sides. Here I have a boy and a girl, I see them as the masculine and feminine in us all. The figures here are fitted to that geode when they are still in wax; they are not glued they are keyed to the rock that they belong to, two sides of the self two halves of a whole.


My music

Initially I was pondering balancing female and male stereotypes in several ideologies, but then focussed on the two children: related to each other, to their clan and to their sense of place. For me the sense of connection and earthen themes were my main focus.

Holly Wilson "Belonging", Bronze, Patina and Geode,

Holly Wilson “Belonging”, Bronze, Patina and Geode,

I was particularly taken by the figures’ connectedness to the geode, especially in light of Holly’s artist statement : 

“….. I am a Delaware/Cherokee Native American; I grew up hearing many stories from my mother. My figures serve as my storytellers in the world, telling stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, our vulnerabilities, and our strengths….”

I Hope you’ve enjoy this combination of art and music. I’m interested to know what you hear/see in these artworks and welcome hearing from you via the comments section below: please feel free to share this around to anyone interested in cross arts via the little icons below.

Trust you enjoy a secure and abiding sense of place where ever you may be.

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