Interview: Linda Hollier | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Linda Hollier

Interviews | March 8, 2017 |

linda-hollier_1Image courtesy of Linda Hollier

Interview: Linda Hollier


Luca Curci talks with the artist Linda Hollier during FUTURE LANDSCAPES of Borders Festival in Venice.

Linda Hollier is currently living in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A keen observer of life and culture, her eye is always drawn to the architectural manifestations of different cultures and to the people she encounters. Her love of photography and art has merged with her interest in technology. She creates artwork entirely on her iPhone and is excited to be involved in this new and revolutionary art movement.

As a mindfulness practitioner, Linda’s artistic research expands into realms which allow her to work with and explore the concepts of the simultaneous occurrence of rootedness and movement, of emptiness and fullness and the essence of presence. Her artworks depict a space filled with mystery and potential. The viewer is invited to enter this space to discover the story waiting to unfold.
Using her iPhone, Linda intuitively captures images mostly with slow-shutter photography. She then transforms them, blending and painting on her iPhone screen, achieving this with the aid of various apps. Her series “Corridors of Cyberspace” presented in the exhibition FUTURE LANDSCAPES, at the It’s LIQUID International Art and Architecture Borders Festival in Venice, is a visual expression of her continuous research and impulse to communicate movement whilst remaining grounded. Linda’s iPhone art has been gaining recognition in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, Rome and the San Francisco area.


linda-hollier_2Image courtesy of Linda Hollier


Luca Curci – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?

Linda Hollier – In future landscapes we will, I believe, be immersed in the digital. Augmented and virtual reality will become more and more a part of daily living. Modern technologies will be able to assist in restoring ecological integrity and provide incredible experiences. As cyberspace – the realm we enter when we communicate via modern technology – will no doubt be unavoidable in future designed landscapes, we would be wise to enter it mindfully.
The architecture of cyberspace, the energies intuited there, and the simultaneous occurrence of rootedness and movement, are recurring themes in my work.
To visually express the experience of cyberspace using the tools found there, I created the series titled “Corridors of Cyberspace” entirely on my iPhone. Working with various apps, I transformed my photographs of Dubai architecture and international venues into iPhone art.
My iPhone artworks which mix the newest technologies – iPhone, apps and augmented reality, with the solidness of matter – printing on recycled construction wood collected from building sites, are a gentle reminder to us all to remain grounded in the body, even when using the modern technologies that will be at our disposal in future landscapes. This will enable us to mindfully meet each other in a space where borders of time and space no longer exist.


linda-hollier_5Image courtesy of Linda Hollie


L. C. – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did this experience inspire you?

L. H. – This festival focused on the concept of borders, how people live them and how they are being modified in contemporary society. I feel this is an important concept to explore in a time when so many people have had to leave their homes and cross borders, both physical and mental, to start afresh in new countries. The invitation to be part of the Future Landscapes exhibition in Venice was a perfect outlet for my love of architecture and my vision of the transformations which are possible when modern technologies and online communication are used with heightened awareness. As a featured artist I felt grateful to be given the opportunity to bring the public’s attention to the fact that when envisioning future landscapes, differences can be seen as an opportunity for new possibilities, instead of being social barriers. Meeting artists from various cultural backgrounds and sharing space with them at the exhibition inspired me to continue with my research into the themes I find important and to continue to find new ways of expressing them through my work as I continue to plunge ahead into new territory, where the boundaries between hand painted art and art created on devices using photographs and apps are beginning to blur.


linda-hollier_3Image courtesy of Linda Hollier


L. C. – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

L. H. – I have a degree in English and Mathematics and a diploma in Higher Education. When we spent almost ten years living in Germany, I did voluntary work in a hospice. Upon my arrival in the Middle East, I was inspired by stories of bedouins, nomads who lived in the deserts. They embodied wandering and mobility and an awareness of the interconnectedness of life. With this in mind I began a project which I called #mobileart. Photos were taken with my mobile phone while I was out wandering, were posted immediately via twitter, and many of them were of art in various forms. Then came my iPhone, Instagram and the world of apps! The exposure to the works of other artists via the internet inspires me. The feedback received when sharing images on the spot across the globe, regardless of time and space, has helped me develop confidence in my art. My art flows out of and into a shared community. Shortly after I began experimenting with the app Slowshutter, I visited Istanbul and attended a Whirling Dervishes Sema Ceremony. This was a defining moment in my art and inspired me to try to figure out new ways of portraying the whole concept of rootedness and movement occurring simultaneously, through my artwork.


L. C. – What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

L. H. – The best advice given to me as an artist came from a very dear friend. She reminded me that every aspect of my life is a part of my art and that as I continue on my artistic journey I should pay attention to this wholeness. She also reminded me that I would need to learn to discern which opportunities would or would not be beneficial for my career.


linda-hollier_4Image courtesy of Linda Hollier


L. C. – What do you think about It’s LIQUID Platform?

L. H. – I am very impressed by this communication platform and the possibilities it creates to bring together contemporary artists, architects and designers to envision a new world. The concepts of fluidity, motion, connection and accessibility which it promotes are very relevant today. The It’s Liquid Group is doing a great job of using new technology to globalize the language of art and to connect artists working in every part of the world.

L. C. – Are you interested in future collaborations with our organization?

L. H. – My experience in FUTURE LANDSCAPES was a very positive one and it would be an honor to work with your organization in the future.

L. C. – Do you think that the combination It’s LIQUID-Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House work well?

L. H. – Both venues have a creative energy and work well as a combination. Even the walk from one to the other is a reminder that one is in a city that for centuries has inspired artists from various fields. To see contemporary art in both of them was amazing.

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