Holly Andres

Title: Xanadu wearing collar by Julia Barbee, from the series, 'Elizabethan Collars'. 
Materials: Digital photography.

Bio: Holly Andres uses photography to examine the complexities of childhood, the fleeting nature of memory, and female introspection. Typically her images rely on a tension between an apparently approachable subject matter and a darker, sometimes disturbing subtext. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Istanbul, Turkey and Portland Oregon where she lives and works. Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Art in America, Artforum and many others. Art Ltd. profiled her as one of 15 emerging West Coast artists under the age of 35. Most recently, Andres’s first major museum exhibition, The Homecoming, premiered at The Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, Oregon.  hollyandres.com

Artist Statement:  Elizabethan Collars is a series of 'high society' cat portraits photographed during the recent International Cat Show at the Holiday Inn. There I transformed a hotel room into a make-shift photo studio and lured my favorite felines to sit for private portrait sessions. Each cat was adorned with an Elizabethan Collar  (a term also used to describe the cones cats must wear to prevent them from biting or licking their own wounds). This magnificent collar collection is the creation of Portland-based fashion designers who were invited to make one-of-a-kind Elizabethan-inspired collars in their respective signature aesthetics.