Dawn Holder

As a resident of the rural south, I have spent the past few years researching and making artwork in reaction to local Confederate monuments—examining how these public spaces, structures, and sculptures have been utilized to promote racial segregation and reinforce social hierarchy. Recent artist residencies in Europe widened the scope of my research, allowing me to analyze the rich visual history of monuments, with a particular focus on Roman antiquities. My current sculptures, installations, and photographs reference the equestrian and obelisk imagery shared by both Roman and Confederate monuments, as well as their inscribed texts and relationship to the landscape. By deconstructing these iconic forms, my artwork destabilizes their message through acts of fragmentation, decay, and rearrangement.

Fallen Monuments (Assorted Fragments on Roman Pedestal)

Digital Color Print on Panel
16″ x 20″

Fallen Monuments (Equestrian Fragment, Tiber River 1)

Digital Color Print on Panel
16″ x 20″

Field (Falling, Sinking)

Stoneware, Earthenware, Soil, Grass, Plants
118″ x 156″ x 18″

Blighted, Hollow

Porcelain, Blighted apple leaves dipped in porcelain and burned away
44″ x 165″ x 28″