ARTmonday: Holly Andres’ Photographs of Young Girls

Portland, Oregon-based photographer Holly Andres was born in Missoula, Montana in 1977. She earned her BFA in painting at the University of Montana and her MFA from Portland State University.

Andres had her first solo exhibition Sparrow Lane in Portland, Oregon in 2008, which continued on to shows in San Francisco, New York and Istanbul. The Sparrow Lane images depict four young women and explore the female transition into adolescence and the loss of innocence, with allusions to Nancy Drew, Alice in Wonderland, 1970s horror films and Alfred Hitchcock.

Stories From a Short Street is a suite of eight photographs inspired by Andres’ experience growing up in rural Montana, the youngest of ten children. She posed groups of kids based on her own siblings to enact a specific moment in her memory. 

Holly Andres is represented by Robert Mann Gallery in New York City, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, and Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco.


The Golden Pillow, Holly Andres


Amber, Holly Andres
Stories From a Short Street 


 Outside the Forbidden Bedroom, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane


Fiona II, Holly Andres
Stories From a Short Street 


The Caterpillar, Holly Andres


 The Lost Mitten, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane


Picture Perfect, Holly Andres
Portrait for Portland Monthly


Carli Davidson, Holly Andres


The Magic Elixir, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane


The Missing Bird, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane


The Red Purse, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane


The Heart-Shaped Locket, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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ARTmonday: Figures in the Landscape

I think we’ve already established that I’m enamored of images picturing women lying in a field, wading into water, curled up in a corner, or moodily attending to some undefined task. Today’s images are first and foremost, landscapes, then dotted with a single woman, man, or child, group, or crowd. The vistas range from grassy lawn to corn field and from rocky cliff to rubble. They all capture a mood; many peaceful or relaxed, at least one determined, another possible agitated, and others simply unbothered. I think the common thread here, is individuals carrying on with their lives, in outdoor settings. No more than that, than perhaps a certain aura they have, to me.


Julie Blackmon, Lost Mitten, 2010
Courtesy of Robert Klein Gallery


 Anastasia Cazabon


Cig Harvey, Flood Tide, Self-portrait, Mangrove Bay, Bermuda, 2005


Rhi Ellis


Tom Chambers, Late For Dinner, 2013

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ARTmonday: Caroline Moore

I happened upon these photos on Etsy by Caroline Moore (aka “sixhours”) last week when I was browsing for child-appropriate pieces I could buy as baby gifts. Obviously, these don’t fall into that category. However, they caught my eye because they remind me of a short story by A.M. Homes in The Safety of Objects. In the story, if I remember correctly, a teenage boy dismembers his sister’s Barbies and does bizarre (sexual) things with them.

I read it over 10 years ago, after reading The End of Alice for a book club and becoming obsessed. (I loved it…. especially because the pearl-wearing girls who comprised the club were appalled by it. It’s narrated by a pedophile in jail, and also involves a young girl experimenting with the boy she babysits.) If you are not familiar with her work, she is an excellent writer, never dull, and often compellingly offensive.

I wonder if the photographer is familiar with the story?