Debra Holt's recent installation, "An Unborn Child Leaves a Shadow on the Soul" is on view at Abba Fine Art from September 8th through November 15th, 2012.
Holt's installation engages viewers to enter and experience symbols of pre-birth life and death. The exhibition includes depictions of a uterus with an embryo, fetal developments, a child's world of dolls, antique furniture, including a crib with a newborn child, collectibles, photography, poetry, sound and a comment box for participants remarks. Holt's installation incorporates a variety of media inspired by the use of space and found objects in the works of installation artists Edward Kienholz and Joseph Cornell.
Upon entering the room, viewers look into a pink rose-framed mirror hanging on the back wall. Below the mirror, a child's handwritten crayon message reads, "What have we done?"
Further on in the exhibit, an antique framed photograph of a dimly lit doll with a weathered, cracked face casts a large shadow that suggests "although we may try to objectify the fetus to rationalize destroying it, an unborn child still leaves a shadow on the soul." One begins to wonder: If our bodies and souls are a result of this miraculous creation, do we have "the right to choose"? Do the unborn have a "fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." Is all life sacred?
Debra Holt, a native South Florida artist, was born in West Palm Beach and presently lives and works in Miami, Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, NY. As a multimedia artist, she employs freedom of expression to create artwork without boundaries to explore conceptual ideas with the flexibility of media and content. The artist uses various media, including photography, painting, sculpture, video, sound, and installations to convey the concept she wishes to explore. Holt's extensive travel experiences in the United States and abroad have influenced the rich development of her unique and creative artistic expressions.
Debra Holt's works have been included in solo and group gallery and museum exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. She is currently represented by Abba Fine Art located in the Miami Wynwood Art District. The curators of Photo Miami 2009 selected Debra Holt, along with noted artists Kalup Linzy, Zefrey Throwell, and Carrie Mae Weems, as featured artist for Special Projects. Debra Holt presented a large-scale video installation "Living Water" for Special Projects during Art Basel Miami. Her solo "Pulse of Nature" was presented at Photo LA 2011, and she has been included in other art fairs including Scope NY, Scope Miami and Next Art Fair.