Holland Houdek

Submammary Pectoral Plate (Hyperbolic-Implant Series III) 

Medium/Materials: Fabricated copper sheet, pierced, silicone breast implant, 681 Swarovski crystals, bead-blasted, patina

Dimensions: 5” x 5” x 1.5”

Year: 2014

Artists Statement: 

This series focuses on medical implants, the body, and embodied experience. These hand-fabricated objects glorify the highly individual and personal nature of prosthesis and surgeries, while evoking notions of memento mori and the fragile nature of the human form. Using real medical implants as inspiration, I have re-invented and exaggerated these devices for imagined bodies. The intention is for viewers to consider their own physicality and to visualize the absent anatomies implied by the work.

Artist Biography:

After teaching at Syracuse University for the past five years, Holland is currently the Visiting Scholar and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Iowa Jewelry and Metal Arts department. She is also scheduled to participate as an Artist-in-Residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in 2015. Holland has exhibited work in several juried exhibitions and galleries throughout the United States, including the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, Torpedo Factory, the Walker Art Museum, the Staten Island Museum, the Wichita Center for the Arts, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Durango Art Center, and elsewhere. Her international portfolio features exhibitions in Germany, Lithuania, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, and China. Holland's work can be seen in two Lark Books' 500 Series, Susan Ramlijeck's "On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets," SNAG's "A Body Adorned," and “Contemporary Jewelry in China” (forthcoming), among other curated publications. She is a 2015 NICHE Finalist and recently took Best of Show at the biennial "Refined VIII" exhibition. Holland holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Syracuse University(2012), and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (2009).