working passionately to combine art and environmental sustainability, raising awareness of climate issues and tackling them through art as a language and method of engagement to inspire and empower
learning stories from the land
Holbrook's works heighten the viewer's awareness of their own relationship to land and the environment. She does this is in an elegantly understated way that connects the feeling of home to our understanding of the environment and our place in it
working towards a sustainable practice
exploring culture, heritage and environment through an artistic process to identify changes in our land and to our art in order to establish a low carbon practice
"The experience of discovering the earth is as significant a part of the process of artistically interpreting that discovery, as significant as the actual creation of the pieces" Kate Mothes
With the Sky Nest I began experimenting with the idea that this sense of belonging that we create in the materiality that we surround ourselves with can be transient, fleeting... momentary. A story of home is eternal.
"Holbrook explains that her work is more than just a literal imitation of the nest, it is a reconstructing of her stories and understanding of what it is to belong. She explores themes of storytelling and the metaphor of home in her work as the nest is an example of the constructed nature of both narrative and home" National Collective
Celebrating a return to our landscapes, a re-negotiation to come to a new understanding of each other where the events of humans and the land can coincide. My work has evolved around ideas of landscape and of how we, as humans, inhabit, navigate, and comprehend the world around us. This, in a managed hay meadow becomes a different reality to the isolation and disconnect to our surroundings that has become so normal. The contemplation of place keys much of my work, primarily within ‘wild’ landscape, but not exclusively so as I have explored in depth the influence of ‘place’ to my work and include building a small eco-studio, working in collective spaces and community projects ‘wild’ in their shared enthusiasm to test and explore new grounds and possibilities. In that way it is not just wild landscapes but wild and free thought that I explored with The Wild Project as I ‘re-wilded’ some of my concerns.
understanding the entrance, a parameter and exit of place with Sky Nest and Earth Nest
Creating a space that would allow an understanding of the three entities of any space: the entrance, the parameter and the exit. An audience would be confronted with this arranged space and asked to consider and understand these entities in walking through, into and out of this space. Looking for an understanding of the overlap between people and place with these three spaces: that of our own skin; our personal space and social environment; and the outer space of our greater environment.
New Conservation Horizons and Tree Orb
As a gatherer and transitory writer of stories and encounters the root of the work is to uncover and assess its geological, ecological and sociological histories. To transform these collections and shape these histories, by adding something of my own time and energy to them
how do our socio political landscapes change our physical landscapes and the future of our forests, rivers and fields
What is interesting about the term The Wild is its semi-redundant meaning in contemporary Europe, having come to refer more to a philosophical or cultural idea of being outside of society, or lacking human control, something that is all but impossible in the contemporary European landscape. Having worked in Natura 2000 sites with The Wild Project, I became increasingly interested in finding areas where natural regeneration has occured. Weeping Birch was created in one such naturally regenerated birch forest in Poland. 'Twenty years ago this was a potato field - before everything changed here and we stopped cultivating the land, when we did that the fertile soils supported a rapid return of this forest' a resident tells me, illustrating how our socio political landscapes change our physical landscapes and the future of our forests.
"Holbrook's works heighten the viewer's awareness of their own relationship to land and the environment. She does this is in an elegantly understated way that connects the feeling of home to our understanding of the environment and our place in it" Young Space