Throughout 2015 Steven Holland has been engaged as an Artist-in-Resident at the Research School of Biology under the ANU Vice Chancellors College Artists Fellowship Scheme. The work he has produced during the residency follows his doctoral research into bronze and snakes that he recently completed at the ANU School of Art. Bridging the fields of sculpture and biology, this study set out to discover if the material of bronze and the processes of bronze lost wax casting could somehow reveal the actual life of elapid snakes from the Canberra district. It resulted in a series of sculptures which affirm the life of venomous snakes and create a greater acceptance of their existence.
Steven Holland is a mid-career artist whose practice explores interrelationships between humans and the natural world with a particular focus on animals. Grounded in the discipline of sculpture, his work embraces a multiple media approach including drawing, installation, assemblage and performance. He was born in Western Australia in 1960 and studied at Curtin University, Perth, the ANU School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. His work is held in international, national and state gallery collections including the National Gallery of Australia (in folio), the Australian War Memorial and the Royal College of Art, London.
Come and hear Steven speak about some of the art projects that lead to his PhD research into bronze and snakes, the outcome of his study and what he has been up to as Artist-in-Residence in Biology this year.