Artist profile

Sigrid Holmwood

Sigrid Holmwood's work focuses on the ways in which the hand-making of materials generates meaning and resists the alienation of industrialised life. This has involved researching Western art historical recipes and how they intertwine with the image and construction of identity. 

Holmwood is particularly interested in the ‘open air museum’ and heritage industries, firstly as a manifestation of an increasing interest in the crafts of everyday life – specifically those belonging a rural past – as a response to the alienation of industrial and post-industrial society, and secondly as a stage for the performance of imagined realities and the construction of identities. She herself, has adopted a persona of ‘The Peasant-Painter’, constructed through the framework of her membership of a historical interpretation society who regularly perform at open air museums.

Sigrid spent two months in China extending this research to the Eastern tradition, especially noted for being the birthplace of paper making. Preparations for this trip included learning the Western adaptation of paper making techniques, as well as asking the team at Vitamin Creative Space to plant Chinese Indigo to be ready for harvest upon her arrival. During her stay in China, Holmwood travelled to the village of WuMu in the remote Yulong mountains in the far southwestern province of Yunnan, where she stayed with two shamans of the ethnic minority Naxi people. 


Born in Australia
BFA, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford
MA in Painting, Royal College of Art, London
PhD in Art, practice-based, Goldsmiths College, London
Lives and works in Sweden

Selected exhibitions

Neobiota, Yellow Gallery, Varese, Italy
The Peasants Are Revolting!, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
A Peasant Garden, ASC Gallery, London
Hallands Konstmuseum, Sweden
Painted Performances, Upton House, Banbury
Cousins, Annely Juda Fine Art, London (with Duan Jianyu)
The Astonishing Adventures of Lady Indigo, project at Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing, China
1847 – Paintings, Annely Juda Fine Art, London

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