Carolina Art Crush: Holly Keogh

We have been enjoying seeing Holly Keogh‘s work around town for awhile now, including most recently in the alumni studio at the latest iteration of the Goodyear Residency at 516 N. College Street. Through conversations about about her upcoming curatorial project – a photography exhibition entitled Viewfinder: Constructive Narrative, opening at C3 Lab this Friday evening – we were able to learn a bit more about Holly and her artwork.

HappeningsCLT: Describe yourself in three words?
Holly Keogh: Never on time.

HCLT: Who or what inspires you artistically?
HK: Conversations with my husband, Blaine, family photographs, bad documentaries, cool outfits, xerox machines, fuzzy memories, street photography, Jacques Cousteau, books and the many talented friends I am lucky to know and share ideas with. Also, making work has a snowball effect for me; I learn something in the process of making which makes me want to make something else, etc. etc…

Holly Keogh

Holly Keogh

HCLT: Where can we see your work?
HK: You can find my work at Slate Interiors, and at the Goodyear Arts building uptown.

HCLT: Tell us about your current body of work?
HK: My current body of work deals with the inherent limitations of any archival practice. I appropriate old family photographs, specifically ones that were excluded from the family’s photo album and narrative. I use those photographs to create oil paintings and collages that expose the ambivalence of the archival practice and supplemental narratives. I am interested in how an archive works in two directions at once: simultaneously wanting to complete itself and yet knowing that completion is impossible because something always escapes. I see the excluded family photographs as what has escaped and what can be used as raw material to construct an alternative version of the past, another temporal narrative image.


HCLT: What do you think is the most valuable art experience in the Carolinas?
HK: Any chance to see live music, performances or exhibitions. For me it has been going to all of the Goodyear shows and seeing new work and meeting new artists.

HCLT: What book is on your nightstand right now?
HK: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters.


HCLT: When did you realize you were an artist?
HK: I was constantly drawing and painting as a kid so I never had that epiphany moment. I did recently find a picture that I had drawn on my first day of school. I was five and I drew myself holding a paint palette.

HCLT: Best meal in the Charlotte?
HK: The mushroom mutter from Passage to India with a side of their Kashmiri naan and veg pakoras.


HCLT: What is up next?
HK: I recently moved into the alumni studio at Goodyear Arts and am starting a new series of paintings that are larger scale than I have ever done. I am also in the beginning stages of a few collaborative projects.

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