Ellis Holman

Ellis Holman (born 27 January 1997, the Netherlands) is an artist that gets inspired by the landscapes around her and tells their narratives by translating them into art installations. She uses her passion for film and photography to analyze her surroundings and from there starts to research materials and shapes with an experimental and iterative process.

Coming from a long line of carpenters she always had a special place for material and crafts. This is visible in her first known project ‘Growing Cabinets’, which tells the story about acknowledging the relationship between the function of the product and the material it is made of. Creating a better balance between these two and understanding the perception of the material and its origin.

This combination of nature, material research and craft are what thrives her, but for her graduation project she wanted to add an extra layer in which there is more space for the emotions of the viewer. Inspired by kinetic art, the escapism art movement and neuroeastetics she developed the project The Narrative of Sunlight.

The Narrative of Sunlight Chapter N.1, 2022 | Kinetic light installation | 100 x 70 x 25 cm


Graduation Project | The Narrative of Sunlight

‘The Narrative of Sunlight’ is a series of kinetic light installations created by Ellis Holman and reflect on her fascination for the behaviour of sunlight around us. The series consists out of three separate light installations that come from the same narrative. The goal of the work is to create a contemporary form of escapism inspired by the optical effects of sunlight. Creating a wondering moment of seeing something beautiful but also the curiosity of how it is created. Pieces that make you think but also let you return to a moment of timelessness and give you a reminder to take a deep breath. A work that gives the viewer an opportunity to escape.

The Narrative of Sunlight Chapter N.2, 2022 | Kinetic light installation | diam. 70 x 20 cm


The Narrative of Sunlight Chapter N.3, 2022 | Kinetic light installation | diam. 40 x 20 cm


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