Places, Spaces, Traces is a solo exhibition by Cas Holmes that reflects on her Romani heritage. She is interested in the commonalities we have as people, the need for a place of our own, family and food. With migration, changes in our working lives and increasing opportunities to travel, our certainty about who we are and where we fit in is unsure. She travels internationally in pursuit of her work and readily continues drawing, stitching and producing pieces on the move as she works and engages with others.
The connection we have to landscape and place is at the heart of her work and the question ‘What would you value enough to bring with you if forced to leave your home, and what you would miss if you had to leave it behind?’ In recent times, these simple words have equal resonance as we find our lives restricted of movement due to the pandemic and not able to meet with friends or family to share a cuppa, eat a meal or pass the time.
She is interested in the commonalities we have as people, the need for a place of our own, family and food. With migration, changes in our working lives and increasing opportunities to travel, our certainty about who we are and where we fit in is unsure.
She says that ‘It is the transient nature of my work and process, a compulsion to engage with the things experienced as part of the overlooked details of daily life that are of interest. Yet, at the same time the stories I find about people and place, regardless of social, cultural and economic backgrounds inform who I am and my particular take on the world… All of my work uses reclaimed materials, cloth and paper and much of the media I use such as paint or dye is retrieved and salvaged from bins etc wherever I can find it. We have become careless in our care of this shared world.’
Cas Holmes is an award-winning artist based in Kent. Renowned for her use of ‘the found’, she is the author of five books for Batsford, including her most recent ‘Embroidering the Everyday’ (2021) and ‘Textile Landscape: Painting with Cloth in Mixed Media’ (2018). Her work takes an eclectic view on how different places, everyday subjects and the landscape we live in, can inform your textile work.
Interested in the connections between land, place and environment, the stories and imagery to be found in collected materials and observations are a constant source for inspiration in her projects and collaborations. She travels, teaches and exhibits internationally for different organisations and charities
Since 2005 she has run courses for the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College where she was also resident artist. Her many-layered, atmospheric pieces are collected and commissioned internationally including pieces held by the Museum of Art and Design New York, the Embroiderer’s Guild UK and the Garden Museum, London.
Venue: R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Belfast
Dates: 8 January – 4 February 2022
Time: 11am-5pm Tue – Sat