Working alongside the CAT’s Education Team, Holly Owen is the latest artist in residence at the centre. Through her often-sculptural artistic practice she will be responding to the sustainable themes that are central to CAT’s core mission and using creatively inclusive ways to engage children and young people in art and sustainability. She is keen to explore the multi-skills and disciplines across the centre to inform her environmental and community led practice. Alongside artworks made at CAT Holly will be keeping a blog of her experiences as artist in residence on her website.
In her work Holly’s uses earth-bound materials to immerse audiences in a world where nature and art collide. Through the sharing of traditional craft, scientific knowledge, experiences and stories she invites others to reflect upon and reconnect with the environmental and human world around us.
As one half of a collaborative duo she recently embarked on an artistic expedition to the Arctic Circle. Using un-intrusive sculpture, binaural sound technology and film the project invited local people to talk about life in one of the worlds most severe and endangered environments. The film produced in the Arctic will be shown at ArtCOP21, the arts and culture festival that will run in conjunction with the UN Climate Conferences in Paris in winter 2015.
The site-specific nature of Holly’s work has enabled her to work and show both nationally and internationally. She spent a year as an artist in residence at Buckfast Abbey honey farm in Devon and holds a Masters in Art and Science from Central St Martins, London. Most recently has been working as one of five artists on Plymouth University’s Artists Access to Art Colleges programme.