Holly Pereira graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland in 2004, with an Honours Degree in Fine Art.
She has exhibited in many group shows, most notably in ArtHouse and Project in Temple Bar, Dublin.
In May 2008 she also held her first solo exhibition in Monstertruck Gallery, Francis St, Dublin 8, entitled Kin. This was a series of portraits of the women in her family, and dealt with themes of migration, history and commemoration. By closely studying family features of deceased relatives (using old photographs) she strove to find a semblance; a vein of likeness. Thus recreating the photographed portraits on canvas brought about some kind of meditation on her own familial identity: she was looking for a sense of kin.
In December 2008 she exhibited work in Little India, Singapore, which was the culmination of a three month artist’s residency there. The work Same Same but Different (painting and drawing) that she made there was a response to her re-familiarization with all things Singaporean. Having grown up Asian in aspect, but Western in mindset, in Singapore she began to realise the full extent of what it means, to her, to be “Eurasian”. The exploration of the conflict of cultures in her work is a major theme and essentially the impetus to keep producing art.
Name: Holly Pereira
Location: Dublin, UK
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