MEHvH
Maya Holthuis, 21 year old undergraduate Fine Artist. Cardiff Met' 2012-15.


Documentation - Here I document my developing art practice, this includes documentation of works in progress, finished pieces, and inner dialogue.
Install Theme

Found notes: On Failure

You cannot fail;
The act of doing is where the success is.

Found notes: On Communicating

You can communicate how you feel about something through the qualities you choose to present, the tools and materials you use and through the way you use them. The material you use is equally as important as the concept/object you are conveying.

Found notes: On Drawing

Drawing is a translation: it is your way of translating and understanding something. You are not copying something, you are either problem solving or communicating. There are no rules, so you should have no fear.

Seatown, 2Analogue photography and digital manipulation, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

Seatown, 2
Analogue photography and digital manipulation, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

SeatownAnalogue photography and digital manipulation, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

Seatown
Analogue photography and digital manipulation, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

Cliff, a walk from Seatown
Analogue photography, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

The bay, a walk from Seatown
Analogue photography, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

A walk from Seatown
Analogue photography, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

Ground, a walk from Seatown
Analogue Photography, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

St Gabriels, a walk from Seatown
Analogue Photography, April 2014
Maya Holthuis van Houben

Seatown after the stormMaya Holthuis van HoubenDigital photography, April 2014

Seatown after the storm
Maya Holthuis van Houben
Digital photography, April 2014

SUBJECT REVIEW

During the Subject module I

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Bristol to Bournemouth
Digital Photography, April 2014

When taking and editing these photographs I wanted to remove the majority of the detail, leaving enough for the viewer to recognise the environment (train tracks, a rural landscape). I wanted to capture the dreamlike feeling of train journeys, when your eyes are glazed and your mind is wondering but somehow you are still taking in your surroundings, the rain against the window, or a track winding away.

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Following the first practical session, I started looking through a third book, this one full of eerie and somewhat ghostly black and white images of ancient architecture. I noticed that some of them acted as optical illusions when turned 180’. I have experimented with this before, I find the ambiguity and uncertainty created by this small manipulation really intriguing. The eyes really struggle to make sense of the space, knowing what they are seeing is “wrong” but unable to make logical sense of it. I find that upturning images, inverting them, or cropping them in particular ways, creating weird illusions, can be a powerful way of completely changing a space, making way for misinterpretation, confusion and ultimately, delight. 

I have re-blogged myself to emphasise the importance of this work for the development of my practice. This area of investigation is one that I left behind very quickly in order to pursue the maps, postcards and robots. It’s only really now that I realise the potential of these images. The optical illusion created by flipping, rotating and cropping these photographs is really exciting. I realised as well that turning things upside down/around is something I often do without thinking, (turning the structural frame I made on it’s side, collaging with materials that have been flipped etc), and this small action tends to have a huge impact on my relationship with the object. I find this with these images also, once the image has been turned they mean something completely new to me. I can see this playing with illusion, distortion and ambiguity becoming the crux of my practice. 

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NSDM Werf, AmsterdamDigital photography, April 2014

NSDM Werf, Amsterdam
Digital photography, April 2014