Each Of Us Is Holy

Samantha Holmes

Each Of Us Is Holy

Installation and paper

Our visual life in the city is dominated the commercial: the desire to sell and the desire to own. Walking the streets, we see clothes, shoes, jewelry, perfume, toys, watches, wigs, phones. Street sellers lay out their merchandise along our paths. Store windows and ads promise more, better, newer, happier.

I photographed the many shop windows around Jamaica and removed the merchandise, maintaining the forms and visual language of the area without the content. Our mind is free to seek out patterns among the shapes, moving from the stimulation of the sale to the meditation of the abstract. The forms become elemental, associative – reflections of our capacity for imaginative thinking.

Samantha Holmes is an artist based in New York and Ravenna, Italy who focuses on conceptual and material experimentation in the medium of mosaic. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Palazzo Fortuny (Venice), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York), and the Sharjah Art Museum (UAE).

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