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Holli McEntegart (b. 1980, Auckland, New Zealand) is an Interdisciplinary artist using social practice, video, performance, photography and text. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photography and a Masters of Visual Art & Design from Auckland University of Technology (2013). Also receiving a year long MFA scholarship to study at Carnegie Mellon School of Art, Pittsburgh, USA (2011). She has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and the USA.
In 2014 McEntegart was awarded a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine (USA). Following that, she took up residence in New York where she completed her solo show, Salient Hush, in 2018, and trained as a Full Spectrum Doula. She has recently relocated back home to Aotearoa, NZ, where she continues her work in social practice and as a Reproductive Justice Advocate.
My work explores the storage and transmission of memory, myth and experience. Winding strange pathways between personal narratives, site-specific histories, dreams and scars, I employ varied esoteric practices, performance-based ritual and social practice modalities to better understand our encounters with these stories and their residue, both inside and outside of my body.
Conceptually I’m interested in mapping our very human engagement with the intersections of real and imagined experience using performance, video, sculpture and installation. While metaphysically, my projects are connected by mysterious and magical trajectories that have an indeterminate beginning and ending. It is this experience of not knowing that connects us with the concept of the transcendent and unknowable.
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