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Janina Holloway

Camberwell College of Arts (BA Hons Sculpture- 2010 / 2010)


What is your favourite film of all time?

I’m not very good at favourites.....but have always loved the old Charlie Chaplin films. They have such charm and convey an innocent playful imagination that I find refreshing.

What music are you currently listening to and why?

Desert Blues, Klezmer Music, Irish Folk and Bach. I love music to transport me to other places and I particularly enjoy ensembles that enable you to tune in to the individual voices and instruments. Playing the violin myself I am drawn to stringed instruments and ensemble folk styles from around the world. Balkan gypsy fiddling really gets me going. To clear my head I listen to unaccompanied Bach.

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

At the moment I particularly admire Wim Delvoye and his gothic works. I admire the clarity of his obsessive oeuvre and the way he integrates extreme paradoxes into his works.

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Marcel Duchamp – he forever changed what art could be and to me that is a revolutionary and inspiring achievement.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

I couldn’t say it had the biggest impact on me but I did enjoy Sam Taylor Wood’s film installation at the White Cube in Masons Yard last year, where an orchestra mimed playing an entire symphony without their instruments. What an idea.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

How do you do that? By spending hours with patience and determination I can finally reach a sense of satisfaction with a piece. I don’t really is a bit of a secret. A mysteriousness that I like to keep so.

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

As a child I always fiddled around making things with bits of scraps of wood, metal, paper and textile. I would also spend hours drawing ‘doodles’ that turned into quite detailed extensive patterns and colourful surfaces.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

I work in my studio on Anglesey and my South London living room. Two contrasting spaces which inevitably influence and inspire my work at that time. But my ideas come at all times and places so I am constantly making work in my head even when I’m not in either studio.

What do you like most about being an artist?

The freedom to learn about what really interests me and to share this with others and learn from their interaction and response to my work. Learning to look and question is most rewarding.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

Selling some of my sculptures and completing a permanent exterior commission at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London.

What are your plans for the coming year?

Make as much work as possible and just keep up the energy!

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • Pimp My Valve II
  • On Cloud Nine
  • Strapped
  • Pimp My Valve I
  • Pimp My Valve III
  • Doilied Duchamp
  • Bend
  • Untitled A

Artist's statement

The work is a translation of fantasy triggered by everyday confusions and pleasures. It revels in the co-existence of contraries, of surface and depth, of rational and irrational, of meaning and meaningless. It is about and driven by the aesthetics and implications of objects and impoverished materials, which undergo a process of re-contextualisation.

There are slippages between types of things, between drawings and objects: My types of things exist as translations of sensation. They are illogical and pleasurable.
I work primarily with reclaimed material and am concerned with appropriating redundant utilitarian objects and re-presenting them as fetish objects or idols.  By drawing attention to the formal and aesthetic aspects of industrial objects and subtly altering surfaces with blocks of colour or intricate pattern, the objects become anthropomorphised, genderised. Out of the disparity between utilitarian object and tattoo the objects attempt to be at one with their new found self, conveying a surprising authenticity.

The moment of uncertainty is the moment of pleasure that my work translates into types of things.



2013 - Galeri, Caernarfon, N.Wales

2012 - ArtHaus, DegreeArt, London

2012 - Anglesey Open Sudios, Anglesey, N. Wales

2012 - Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, N. Wales

2010- Trinity Buoy Wharf, Docklands, London

2010-, Signature Art Award Finalist, Sculpture Category,  Vyner Street, London

2010- Camberwell Degree Show, London.

2010- Xhibit 10, London

2009- Pay Dirt, Hereford

2009- Trinity Buoy Wharf, Docklands, London

2009- Candid Arts, Angel, London,

2009- Objects: Approaching Sculpture, The Gallery, London

Recently sold artwork

  • Untitled
  • Untitled I
  • Mower
  • Untitled II
  • Giant