holly o’hanlon

1992 Galway, Ireland

education

2013 – 2017 jewellery design BA (first class honours), Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2012 – 2013 UAL foundation diploma, Hereford College of Arts, Hereford, UK

exhibitions

since 2017

about the work

Excess 02
The way in which people interact with everyday objects, the skewed associations and feelings that the familiar can evoke is central to Hollys’ work. Her priority is to draw attention to the overlooked, utilitarian or mundane and, in particular, to the traces and fragments that remain from different approaches to carrying out a practical task.
The concept of the work is routed in the idea of framing moments of passivity that we bypass from A to B without acknowledging the fragile beauty of it.
Her aim is to elevate this nothingness to a level of wearable art through time, workmanship and precious metals. Through using mild steel and slate as the primary base materials, she aimed to emulate layers of decomposing posters and signage which change through corrosion or human contact and intervention, finding a controlled clarity and preciousness to these everyday compositions.

holly o'halon, excess 02#17, 2018, brooch, mild steel, slate, 925 silver, 18kt gold, button pearl (dyed), linseed oil, renaissance wax, two-part epoxy, steel pin – photo: holly whittakker
holly o'halon, excess 02#19, 2018, brooch, mild steel, slate, 925 silver, button pearl (dyed), enamel, linseed oil, renaissance wax, two-part epoxy, steel pin – photo: holly whittakker
holly o'halon, excess 02#16, 2018, brooch, mild steel, slate, 925 silver, button pearl (dyed), enamel, linseed oil, renaissance wax, two-part epoxy, steel pin – photo: holly whittakker