Heidi Holmes I am woman, hear me roar as I push out this Science Baby
Opening: Wednesday 20 May, 6-8pm Dates: 20 May – 6 June 2015
I am a woman. I am an artist. I am 38 years old.
I am without child.
I can’t think of anything else at the moment other than my lack of child. My insides are curling as I write this.
Because, I am more than my lack of child.
‘I am woman, hear me roar as I push out this Science Baby’, is an exploration of the artists’ experience of her body and mind within the ongoing process of baby- making, failing fertility and the resulting process of, in vitro fertilization (IVF). Currently engaged in a cycle of attempts at the IVF process, the artist asks you to please judge her as she lays it all out.
Does a woman without a maternal instinct DESERVE a baby?
Should a woman that is reproductively challenged just let fate decide? What remains of a woman if this function is faulty?
Can she still be a feminist if she is angry at her vagina?
How does a woman that is an artist, and is also educated, sufficiently psychoanalytically practised and a feminist, deal with these (self-admitted shamefully undermining) questions?
Heidi Holmes’ art practice is founded on a reflective interest in self-improvement in all facets of her life, including her mental health, relationships and the greater world. Materialising as sculpture, installation, scripts, drawings, audio, video and photographs, these humorous self-depreciative works persist with the questions, “Who am I?” and, “I am just like you (Aren’t I?).”
Emerging artist, Heidi Holmes graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours (Painting). Recent projects have included solo exhibitions at The Library Artspace, China Heights Gallery, Blindside Gallery and group exhibitions at Anna Pappas, Platform and Margaret Lawrence Galleries.