2015 Resident Artist
Venue: Free Times Gallery
Questioning consumerist culture through evidence of accumulation, hoarding and collecting, piles of debris and trash fill the works of Hollis Hammonds. Her sculptural installations, made from found objects from the local community, mimic the mounds of debris left after man-made and natural disasters. Taking the raw materials, junk and detritus of our lives, cities, and neighborhoods, Hammonds creates intriguing spacial installations, offering the viewer both an aesthetic and sensory experience. Her recent and past works deal with memory, material consumption, waste, catastrophe and superficial loss.
Hollis Hammonds is a Kentucky born artist who has been living and working in Austin, Texas since 2007. Hammonds received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2001, and her BFA in drawing from Northern Kentucky University in 1998. Her work crosses media from drawing to sculptural installation. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. including solo exhibitions at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC; the Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati in OH; the Museum of Art at Southern Mississippi University in Hattiesburg, MS; the Hiestand Galleries at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Flex Space, Pump Project Satellite Space in Austin, TX; Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX; and the University of St. Mary Gallery in Leavenworth, KS. She is the author of Drawing Structure: Conceptual and Observational Techniques, and has had her creative work published in New American Paintings #114, INDA 4, INDA 7, INDA 8, Studio Visit Magazine, and Uppercase Magazine. Currently she is the Chair of the Department of Visual Studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.