The Collector, 2018, 17x10x10cm, kinetic music box assemblage
The Collector is on exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, by invitation of Scott Weston Architecture Design in their submission to the Rigg Design Prize, Domestic Living.
This work references: John Fowles dark novel, The Collector; the effect that pesticides are having on the insect world; and the selfie world we inhabit.
materials: reconstructed vintage tin, reconstructed vintage toys, mechanical parts, epoxy resin, metal, timber, plastic, paper & acrylic paint
These kinetic artworks are in a 3 person exhibition, based on the art of assemblage, at Stella Downer, Fine Art, Sydney until 4 November, 2017. The other artists in the exhibition are Liz Shreeve and Annabel Butler.
Mother and Child
The Devil’s in the Detail
Holdsworth inserts light into her works, creating a sense of film noir in the dark nooks and crannies of her interiors. Working with found and made objects she creates intimate narratives that move from the nostalgic to the dark and subversive. In this series of works, Holdsworth engages with the Kewpie Doll, refashioning it into grander imaginary narratives – from dancing with the devil to Madonna and Child and an interior of a radio that recalls the glory of Pharlap and the races.
Excerpt from catalogue essay by Lucy Stranger
This mechanical assemblage looks at the unreliability of memory in an imaginary hotel with an impossible view to The Scenic Skyway and the 3 Sisters in Katoomba in The Blue Mountains. The ‘honeymooners’ have left their luggage in their hotel room and gone, perhaps, to drink champagne in the hotel bar.
On winding the key on the side of the work, the Skyway car can be seen moving across the valley through the hotel window while ‘The Shadow of Your Smile’ plays on a hidden music box.
The Abduction of Europa, 2017, music box assemblage
This work is based on Ovid’s myth of Europa and Zeus and the Rembrandt painting The Abduction of Europa. In the myth, Zeus disguised himself as a white bull, and lured Europa onto his back before abducting her. On winding the work from underneath the bull bucks Europa up and down.
The work is based on a fair ground shooting gallery and explores the whimsy and darkness of carnivals. On winding a key on the side of the cabinet a fairground tune plays on a music box whilst a conveyor belt moves and the ducks become moving targets. The Kewpie Dolls in the top layer are prizes for the shooting gallery and run the risk of a stray bullet. The vintage Kewpie Dolls in the kitchen appear to be preparing a meal of roast duck and vegetables. There is a hidden rifle in the corner of the kitchen.