Holly Hendry is included in 'Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945' Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition
'Breaking the Mould' is a major touring exhibition which challenges male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious work by women. The exhibition was initiated in response to 'Women Working in Sculpture from 1960 to the Present Day: Towards a New Lexicon', a research project led by Catherine George (University of Coventry) and Hilary Gresty (independent).
Offering a radical recalibration, 'Breaking the Mould' not only celebrates the strengths of sculpture made by women but also seeks to guard against the threat of slipping out of view. Through this deliberately restorative act, the exhibition seeks to inspire future generations, supporting the maxim ‘if she can see it she can be it’. The show represents the work of over forty-five sculptors including Elisabeth Frink, Anthea Hamilton, Holly Hendry, Barbara Hepworth, Kim Lim, Cornelia Parker, Veronica Ryan and Rachel Whiteread.
Included in the exhibition is Holly Hendry's 'Gut Feelings (Stromatolith)', 2016, a geological-style cross section that references undersides, be it subterranean or subcutaneous. The work deals with ideas of preservation and putrefaction, ingestion, consumption, accumulation and compression. The sculpture consists of metal props, rock salt, marble chunks and comically sculptural dog chew bones. The white metal framework around the piece supports the cast sections that appear to have been sliced, implying that they are part of a larger system or object. Shapes like bite marks can be discerned in the metal, presenting it as a malleable thing that breaks the rules of the material’s usual properties and function. With organic and synthetic interspersed and their detail exaggerated, the work speaks of accretion, and the idea of the materials that outlive us building up in the world, with nowhere to go.
Explore 'Breaking the Mould' and learn more about some of the featured artists and artworks in Arts Council Collection's digital resources section.
Tour dates and venues:
Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park: 13 March – 6 June 2021
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall: 25 June–5 September 2021
The Levinsky Gallery, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, Plymouth
Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, England: 18 September 2021–9 January 2022
Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull: 2 July–2 October 2022