Holly Ballard Martz
Born in Los Angeles in 1965, multidisciplinary artist, Holly Ballard Martz, has called the Pacific Northwest home since 1975. She began her undergraduate studies at Cornell University and received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington in 1988. Her work, which addresses social, political, and cultural issues, has been exhibited nationally and is held in many prominent collections, including the permanent collection of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Most recently, her work examining gun violence in America was included in the exhibit KISS FEAR at Bonfire Gallery in Seattle and was highlighted in a review in the Seattle Times as making an “especially strong impression”. The exhibit was also featured in an episode of Art Zone with Nancy Guppy with additional recommendations by The Stranger and Vanguard Seattle.
Martz utilizes text and found objects to examine patterns of behavior and thinking, confronting her own latent biases and those woven into our national fabric. Vintage x-ray viewers illuminate the myth of colorblindness as it pertains to race. Wire hangers morph into uteruses to form graceful patterns, spanning a 10-foot wall. Men’s detachable shirt collars stack as a totem to white male dominance.