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Photo by Xinix Films

Ellis Holman (born 27 January 1997, the Netherlands) is an artist that gets inspired by the landscapes around her and tells their narratives by translating them into art installations. She uses her passion for film and photography to analyze her surroundings and then works with an iterative process to translate what she find fascinating into her own visual language. A research in which she keeps looking for the right combination of material, form and movement that reflect the emotion and poetry of a landscape. 


She is an autonomous maker who creates work from an urge to share how she sees and experience the world around her. Coming from a long family line of carpenters she always had a special place for material and craftsmanship. That combined with the atmosphere of landscapes and releasing emotions in the viewer is what thrives her. Creating works that stimulate the viewer or make them think. 


While she was first inspired by the aesthetics and history of a landscape, during her studies at the Willem de Kooning Academie she went deeper into her fascination for natural elements and started using her work to express her vision on social issues. This you can see in the ‘Growing Cabinets’ project. Now she believes it’s important that it’s not just about her own vision, but that the viewer can also connect with the work, a work where there is more room for the emotion of the viewer themself. Inspired by kinetic art, the escapism art movement and neuroaesthetics (the experience of art on a neurological level) she developed the project ‘The Narrative of Sunlight’, a series of kinetic art installations supported by a short film. What became clear in this project is that she works in a multidisciplinary way. She is not focused on one material or one type of technique. But looks for the right medium for the story she is about to tell. 


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