, 2015, oil and canvas thread on canvas, 185x150cm.
In Holtom's abstract paintings forms evolve out of themselves; chance encounters between line, stains and drips become image. Curiosity about painting's material possibilities forms part of the visual experience, yet the process of making remains an insistent reminder of sensory perception and bodily presence. Threads create ordered armatures but forms swell and tumble towards indeterminate and ambiguous evolutions. Accidents, problems and doubts emerge in complex arrangements over a long period of time; decision-making is provisional and representation fugitive. With a sideways glance at early modernism these paintings explore fragmented narratives woven into the fabric of our experiences and impressions.
Suzanne Holtom is an artist based in London. She studied at UWIC Cardiff and The Slade School of Fine Art and was included in The Jerwood Painting Prize in 2003. More recently group shows include: 'Correspond', Turps Studio, London; 'Cloud Chambers', Mayors Parlour Gallery, London; and Lion and Lamb, London. In 2008 Holtom worked with Birth Rites, exhibited her work at Glasgow Science Centre and Manchester Museum. Paintings are held in permanent collections at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London and in the Birth Rites collection.