Holly Hendry

Holly Hendry, Homeostasis, 2014. Installation view at Courtyard C, Sharjah Art Foundation.
Image courtesy the artist

Holly Hendry, Homeostasis, 2014. Installation view at Courtyard C, Sharjah Art Foundation.
Image courtesy the artist

Holly Hendry (b. 1990, London, UK) lives in London. Hendry is interested in defining the architecture of spaces by exploring the possibilities, such as surface, colour and density, inherent in a wide range of materials through her installations. The shifting scales and unusual positioning of her often-monumental works encourage visitors to consider sculpture in dialogue with their surroundings, whilst also considering absence as hollow spaces or voids. 

Hendry’s new commission reflects on the architectural history of Liverpool, from the Williamson tunnels that were purportedly built for reasons of land reclamation, to the old port buried under Liverpool ONE. She has also researched both materials and material processes tied to Liverpool, particularly the techniques of the major ship builders of Merseyside, the use of cast iron for manhole covers, and the city’s pioneering employment of architectural supports and precast concrete in panelled buildings.

This new large-scale commission located in Exchange Flags takes the form of ‘mould’ sections made of pre-cast concrete or fibreglass, presented as a set of sculptural display elements. From these mould sections situated above ground, a corresponding plastic sculptural work will be cast and these will be located in a nearby underground space. This configuration references Liverpool’s many links and tunnels and the connecting of two points. The similarities of the sculptures to parts of the body and organic biological forms such as bones and ribcages is intrinsic to Hendry’s practice. The shape of the plastic cast hints at bodily functions such as digestion and is based on the Klein bottle – a form that has no interior, only one surface and whose insides are also its outsides.

Recent exhibitions include The Box, Pippy Houldsworth, London, UK (2017); Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany (2017); Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (2017); VITRINE, London, UK (2016); S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK (2014); and Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2014).