Hendry’s site-responsive sculptures and installations are concerned with what lives beneath the surface, from hidden underground spaces to the interior workings of the body. Casting is central to the artist’s process in which she uses an array of materials, including steel, jesmonite, silicone, ash, charcoal, lipstick, soap, foam, marble, aluminium and grit.
Holly Hendry’s allusion to the skin as the visible ‘container’ of the body is combined with cartoon-like illustrations of anatomy, food and detritus. The artist’s projects often directly reference scientific research. Through collaboration with scientists and by conducting her own experimentation, Hendry engages with subjects such as material re-use and how the skin functions as both a barrier and a material that facilitates connection.
A solo exhibition of new works and a large-scale outdoor commission by the artist opened at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea in May 2021. Hendry’s work currently features in the Arts Council UK touring exhibition ‘Breaking the Mould, Sculpture by Women since 1945’, which opened at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in May 2021. Her work will be included in ‘Beano: The Art of Breaking Rules’ at Somerset House, London in October 2021. Stephen Friedman Gallery will host its first exhibition by the artist in January 2022, following a solo project titled ‘Busy Bodies’ for Frieze London in October 2020.
Hendry had a solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park titled ‘The Dump is Full of Images’ in September 2019. Her installation ‘Deep Soil Thrombosis’ was included in the Biennale de Lyon 2019. In 2018, Hendry was chosen by Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Selfridges, as the inaugural artist for the co-curated Art Block in Selfridges’ flagship store in London. The artist created the monumental sculpture ‘Cenotaph’ for the Liverpool Biennial in the same year. The work was included in the Biennial’s touring programme and shown at The Tetley, Leeds, in June 2019.
Hendry was born in 1990 in London, where she continues to live and work. She gained her BA Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art (2013) and her MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2016).
Other notable solo exhibitions and projects include ‘GUM SOULS’, Frutta Rome (2018-2019); ‘For a Skeleton to Hang Soft Tissue On’, Arratia Beer, Berlin (2017); ‘The Box’, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2017); ‘Wrot’, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2017) and Sharjah Art Foundation (2014).