Jess Holdengarde

  • Jess Holdengarde
    He drowns my thoughts, Mixed media collage on paper, 2016
  • Jess Holdengarde
  • Jess Holdengarde
  • Jess Holdengarde
    This one night of seduction you text me and say, mixed media collage, 2016
  • Jess Holdengarde
    House a body that stay breaking, 2016 Mixed media photomontage and collage on Hahnemeule, 75 x 90cm
  • Jess Holdengarde
    With her gestural giggle, she took my hand and lead me to a safer place, 2016, Mixed media collage, 33 x 30cm
  • Jess Holdengarde
    Broken sentences, impulses, past daydreams, please hold my hand into remembering, 2017, Mixed media collage on tracing paper, 20 x 30cm
  • Jess Holdengarde
    A garden of shattered thoughts, obscure dreams and a glimpse of no reality, 2017, Mixed Media Collage on tracing paper 85 x 60cm
  • Jess Holdengarde
    To find her dancing, distracted and safer before, this isn't for your gaze, 2016, Mixed media collage, 54 x 42cm
  • Jess Holdengarde Botanical Seas of impulsive city blues (1 & 2), Berlin Series, 2017, Polaroid and collage, 24 x 19cm
  • Jess Holdengarde, Lips of mayhem, chaotic crime scenes of her passionate loss, Berlin Series, 2017, Polaroid and collage, 24 x 19cm
  • Jess Holdengarde, Series of the same scene, waiting for you to come home, Berlin Series, 2017, Polaroid and collage, 24 x 19cm
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde
Jess Holdengarde, Series of the same scene, waiting for you to come home, Berlin Series, 2017, Polaroid and collage, 24 x 19cm

Jess Holdengarde (b.1991) originally from Cape Town, recently completed her BAFA at The Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2016. Jess works predominately in collage which informs her focus on the ineffable, fragmented psyche. Jess’s work also extends into print, installation, and video. Cutting, ripping and sewing in order to curate a fantastical world of juxtaposed shapes, forms and scenes.

Jess Holdengarde’s current body of work is evidence to her complex and often whimsical navigation of the world. Jess aims to explore the personal subconscious of the ineffable and fragmented psyche. Working with found materials, Jess describes her work as a “piecing together of nostalgic moments, memories and representations” that translate the collected object into a reimagined narrative. It’s within the intricate curatorship of the fantastical worlds that Holdengarde creates that present the unexplainable and irrational, translated and transfigured into a new story. She cuts and rips at the he past in order to make sense of the present - a nostalgic act of composing in order to imagine alternate, non-linear possibilities.

Jess continues to assist in the photography department at The Michaelis School of Fine Art as well as Lecture at the Cape Town school of photography. Jess received the Humanities Scholarship during her final year at Michaelis and an international residency at the Berlin Art Institute in 2017. Holdengarde continues to travel and work internationally in order to gain experience before continuing her studies in the Fine Art field.

Group Exhibitions:
2018 Close Encounters, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Salad, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Out of Nowhere, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Redemptive Beauty, Eclectica Gallery, Cape Town
2016 Orms Staff Show, CTSP, Cape Town
2016 By Way of Hand, CTSP, Cape Town
2015 Lunchbox, The Eye Gallery, Cape Town
2014 Where Wild Things Are, Michaelis Upper Gallery, Cape Town
2013 Rhodes Student Exhibition, Grahamstown National Art Festival, Grahamstown