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Artist Profile: Dana Holst


Dana Holst and her work. Photo by Lindsay Shapka.

Now based in Edmonton, artist Dana Holst received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, and has made her career working in painting, drawing, and printmaking. Her work can be found in both public and private collections in North America, and explores issues of social stereotyping, female bullying, and attacks against individuality and sexuality.

While she admits that her work can sometimes take an autobiographical turn, Holst’s art is ultimately an investigation into the human experience, and she draws inspiration from vintage photographs, news clippings, and modern-day social conflicts. Her figures are often dressed in ultra-feminized clothing with menacing emotions, or look beautiful and peaceful but are placed in a disturbing scene.

You can see her latest solo exhibition, She’s All That, at the Art Gallery of Alberta until February 15. The show contains a series of oil paintings and encaustic drawings (pictured) that focus on the complexity of female identity. The works are divided into two rooms representing both the public and personal faces of female identity.

Visit danaholst.com for more information on the artist’s future exhibitions. —Lindsay Shapka

She’s All That | Through February 15
Art Gallery of Alberta | 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., 99 St. & 102A Ave. | 780-422-6223

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