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

Alicia Puig, Create Magazine, March 19, 2020

The pieces in Holly Ballard Martz’s current body of work act as physical manifestations of the perpetual quandary that she and many Americans feel they have been living in over the past several years. The thematic direction of her work focuses on such hot button topics as the prevalence of gun violence, the volatile nature of contemporary politics in America, and stigmas surrounding mental health with the underlying question of ‘how did we get here?’, while more importantly also prompting the viewer to consider ‘so, what are we going to do about it?’