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.

Art as a Guarantee of Sanity: Interview with Holly Ballard Martz

— Create! Magazine

Meet 12 Fierce Feminist Artists Who Marched in a Get Out the Vote Parade Ahead of Today’s Midterm Elections

— Artnet News

“Danger Of Nostalgia”: This Artist Bridges Past And Present To Send A Message About Abortion Rights

— Bust Magazine

Equal Protection Body Armor
26 x  22 x 4.5″ pocket US constitutions, vinyl, aluminum rivets, stainless steel washers, metal snaps, velcro, thread
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Martz puts the spotlight unwaveringly outwards towards her fellow citizens, elected officials, and world leaders, highlighting the pitfalls of collusion, silence, and the dangers of going backwards. In psychology and cognitive neuroscience, pattern recognition is the process in which incoming stimuli is matched with information retrieved from memory – it is the basis for learning.

  

Martz puts the spotlight unwaveringly outwards towards her fellow citizens, elected officials, and world leaders, highlighting the pitfalls of collusion, silence, and the dangers of going backwards. In psychology and cognitive neuroscience, pattern recognition is the process in which incoming stimuli is matched with information retrieved from memory – it is the basis for learning.

  

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. Martz proposes that we use pattern recognition as a form of unlearning by highlighting patterns that have become so ingrained as to render them invisible. Only by acknowledging systems of oppression can we hope to challenge them and ultimately change them.

By Executive Order
15 x 24″ cast rubber doormat
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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. Martz proposes that we use pattern recognition as a form of unlearning by highlighting patterns that have become so ingrained as to render them invisible. Only by acknowledging systems of oppression can we hope to challenge them and ultimately change them.

Trophy for Tyranny (Tarnished Reputation)
10 x 21 x 5″ NY Times, brass stencils, brass, rivets
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“The artist marks her territory, demands a reframing of initial perceptions and provides an invitation to dig deeper.”
— Amy Pleasant in Bust Magazine
“The artist marks her territory, demands a reframing of initial perceptions and provides an invitation to dig deeper.”
— Amy Pleasant in Bust Magazine