Bryant HolsenbeckEnvironmental Artist
“I make art inspired by the natural world using the cast-offs of our society that I find everywhere I look.”
I make the animals I see around me. They inspire me and give me hope. They are beautiful. They are survivors of our own human neglect and greed. I feel such gratitude for them.
I feel fortunate that somehow despite it all a world of wild animals lives around me. As we remove their natural habitats somehow these animals continue to live. So far, with wild life, trees and forests, rivers and lakes, we human animals, together make up the precarious web that is our life.
As an environmental artist, I collect detritus–everyday objects which were used and thrown away, and make them into art. These works are about our environment and our culture. My installations and residencies are both meditations and questions. Where does all this “stuff” come from? Where does it go? What do we do with it? Why is it here?
Wherever I am invited to make public art, the input of the local community is paramount. From collecting materials, to installing each work, the participation of others is a large part of the process. The strength of this work comes from the working together in community.
On the Horizon
April 16-18, 2021
I will be a guest artist for this amazing weekend led by Claudia Fulshaw. I will demonstrate some weaving techniques and Claudia will lead us through an amazing weekend of creativity mixed with rest and poetry. I hear her retreats are deep and full. I look forward to being in the retreat as much as leading my session.
Art Wanders Retreats
Well of Mercy Retreat Center, Hamptonville, NC
April 14, 21, and 28, 2021 – Wednesdays
Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South
April 10 – June 5, 2021
Floyd Arts Center