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Holly Armishaw

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Liberté Egalité Sororité (Liberty Equality Sisterhood), Variation in Violet, 2018 Nail Polish And Gold Leaf On Watercolor Paper 15 X 22" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Liberté Egalité Sororité (Liberty Equality Sisterhood), Variation in Violet, 2017 Gold Leaf On Watercolor Paper 15 X 22" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Liberté Egalité Sororité (Liberty Equality Sisterhood) Protest Posters, 2017 Gold Leaf On Watercolor Paper 15 X 22" Each X 6 Pieces © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Liberté Egalité Sororité (Liberty Equality Sisterhood), 2017 Temporary Vinyl On Limestone Variable Dimensions © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Liberté Egalité Sororité (Liberty Equality Sisterhood), 2017 Temporary Vinyl On Limestone Variable Dimensions © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Women's March on Vancouver , 2018 Performance/Protest N/A © The Globe and Mail
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Les Poissardes (Parisian Market Women), 2018 Photo Reproduction With Nail Polish (Work In Progress) 14 X 20" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Women's March on Versailles, 2017 Photo Composite/Collage With Text In Gold Leaf (Mock Up/Work In Progress) 22 X 15" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Attack on the Tuileries Palace - Paris, August 1792, 2017 Photo Composite/Collage 22 X 15" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Attack on the Tuileries Palace - Paris, August 1792 (Variation in Crimson) , 2017 Photo Composite/Collage 22 X 15" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Charlotte Corday at the Conciergerie Prison, 2017 Photo Composite/Collage 22 X 15" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Charlotte Corday at the Conciergerie Prison (Variation in Cyan), 2017 Photo Composite/Collage 22 X 15" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Execution of Olympe de Gouges at Place de la Revolution, 2017 Photo Composite/Collage 15 X 22" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Olympe de Gouges - Sitting Portrait, 2017 Photo Composite/Collage 12 X 12" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Snapshot of Translation in Progress of Olympe de Gouges Biography by Olivier Blanc, 2017 Photography 8 X 10" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Charlotte Corday "I Killed One Man to Save 100,000", 2018 Photo Composite/Collage 12 X 12" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Marat and Corday - Murder, Martyr, 2017 Digital Art/Gif Screen Size © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Jean-Paul Marat - Murderer, Martyr, 2017 Digital Art/Gif Screen Sized © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Charlotte Corday - Murderer - Martyr, 2017 Digital Art/Gif Screen Sized © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Liberty - The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France Book/Research Material © Lucy Moore
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Amazones de la Révolution Book/Reference Material © Musée de Lambinet
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Olympe de Gouges - Des Droits de la Femme à la Guillotine Book/Reference Material © Olivier Blanc
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Secret Societies: Illuminati, Freemasons and the French Revolution Book/Historical Reference © Una Birch
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Marie Antoinette - Queen Without a Coronation, 2011 C Print 24 X 36" © Holly Armishaw
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Marie Antoinette - Dutiful Daughter and Slave to Court Formalities, 2011 C Print 24 X 36" © Holly Armishaw
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Marie Antoinette - Under Pressure to Produce an Heir After 11 Years of Unconsumated Marriage, 2011 C Print 24 X 36" © Holly Armishaw
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Marie Antoinette - Reading Rousseau's Discourse on the Origins of Inequality, 2012-13 Lightjet Metallic C Print 24 X 36" © Holly Armishaw
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Marie Antoinette - Declaring Financial Assistance for French Women to Breastfeed Their Own Children, 2013 C Print 24 X 36" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Marie Antoinette - Praying for Guidance in the Face of Revolution and Insurrection", 2011 C Print 24 X 36" © Holly Armishaw
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Marie Antoinette - Upon Hearing of Her Child's Death, 2011 C Print 24 X 36" © Holly Armishaw
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Marie Antoinette - In Fear of a Third Miscarriage, 2012 C Print 24 X 36" © Holly Marie Armishaw
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Historic Costume - Half Turn View Composite Resource
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Historic Costume - Front View Composite Resource
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Théroigne de Méricourt Historic Reference
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Riding Tote/Costume for Theroigne de Méricourt Composite Resource
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Quick Facts
Works in
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Schools
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, 2000, BFA - Photography
Sotheby's Institute of Art, 2016, Writing for the Art World, Certificate of Completion
Tags
mixed-media, installation, landscape, performance, surrealism, photography, digital, figurative, conceptual, exhibition/performance
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Artist's Bio - Holly Marie Armishaw

Like contemporary art itself, my oeuvre resists a singular defining theme or style.  A protégée of the Vancouver School of conceptual photography, my practice is primarily photo-based, though also includes a diverse range of mediums including multi-media, installation, and text-based works.  I work in series, each of which functions like a visual hypothesis, collectively demonstrating the myriad layers of complex inquiry that inform my practice.  Themes include existentialism, feminism, humanism, atheism, and history.  From these themes spring more in-depth, post-structuralist inquires reflected visually in series such as: critique of gendered language and feminist revisionism in How I Became a Feminist by Reading Nietzsche, self-awareness and woman’s issues in Repressions, photographic history and the development of consciousness in Origin of the Photographic Portrait, and historical revisionism in the Marie Antoinette series.  My practice, like my own ideologies, spans both second-wave feminism, which focuses on raising consciousness of women’s oppression, and third-wave feminism, which embraces individualism and personal narratives, paying homage to the credo “the personal is political”.  The authenticity in my work comes as a direct result of the correlation between my work and my individual identity as an artist, a woman, a feminist, an atheist, and an existentialist.  

Holly Marie Armishaw graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design summa cum laude with a BFA in Photography in 2000.  Her work has been exhibited and published in Canada, the U.S., France and Brazil.  Canadian venues include Dazibao (Montreal), YYZ (Toronto), and the Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver).  Her first critically acclaimed series, Les Mondes Frax-4D, was published and graced the cover of a book by Editions J’ai VU (Quebec City), “Feintes, Doutes et Fictions: Reflections on Digital Photography”.  She has used digital imaging as both a technical and a conceptual tool in her work since the cusp of the digital photographic revolution.  During the inaugural Capture Photography Festival Holly exhibited her digitally composited self-portraiture series as a historical feminist revisionism of Marie Antoinette’s life, which garnered many positive reviews and simultaneously won an international competition with New Materials Art Fair for a solo exhibition during Art Basel Miami 2013.  In 2015 Holly led a critical panel for Capture entitled “Women and Self-Representation in Contemporary Photographic Art” at the Museum of Vancouver.  In 2016 her series “Repressions” was exhibited at Chernoff Fine Art.  Holly is also an aspiring art writer and has contributed towards the critical appreciation of contemporary art through various positions, including her role on the Board of Directors of the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver for which in 2014, she directed a week-long contemporary art tour of Paris.  She travels frequently keeping abreast of the international art market and contemporary art trends through attending major international exhibitions, art fairs and biennales.