Axis Mundi: Levittown
Immersive installation with sound, video, fabricated objects, and full-scale house fragment
Levittown, Pennsylvania 1957
Corrugated cardboard, plywood, hot glue, copper sulfate crystals, electronic components, speakers, sound loop
Hand-stitched rawhide, artificial sinew, custom maple table
42″ x 44″ x 18″
Holly Laws is a sculptor who makes objects and multimedia installations. Her approach is informed by a love of experimentation with all manner of materials and processes. She employs labor-intensive and time-consuming techniques that are often associated with women’s work, craft, or a specific trade, as opposed to fine art. While historically, her sculpture has focused on issues of personal fragmentation and perceptions of memory, her most recent large-scale work expands the focus from the personal to a more extensive societal memory and current political issues. Laws is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Central Arkansas where she teaches Three-Dimensional Design and Sculpture. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country including the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), the Historic Arkansas Museum (Little Rock, AR), the Flaten Museum of Art at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University (Providence, RI), Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts (New York, NY), Muriel Guépin Gallery (New York, NY), and the Spring/Break Art Show (New York, NY). Laws holds a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.