An abrupt transition in Kathleen Holder’s artistic practice arrived during a revelation she experienced while engaged in Hindu meditation. The vision involved the artist’s body floating overhead. As Holder peeled back a thin layer of herself, a veil of her persona was revealed. Astonishingly, the gossamer-like quality of the layer was made up of millions of tiny pulsating lights.
The life-changing experience provided the artist with a new quest of expressing the energy, intuition, and forces that shape individual lives into her work. Layer upon layer of pastel color is built up, and burnished by hand, into what Holder has called psychic, abstract landscapes. Each piece, while exceedingly minimal in tone and composition, has a great depth of both color and forms.
Art critic Carol Knowles remarks, “Holder’s metaphorically complex mixture of mystery and myth draws us into the deepest pool of all…the human soul.”