Holly Andres calls on the rich visual history of film and narrative photography in her works, often citing personal and fictitious memories of childhood. In the Sparrow Lane series, she maps out the transition to womanhood through the story of a group of intensely curious adolescent females exploring their domestic surroundings, like a Nancy Drew story: revealing hidden passages, mysterious clues like skeleton keys and golden lockets. For Andres, these discoveries and mysteries are metaphors for rites of passage and the inevitable loss of innocence. Her coordination of rich, stylized color palettes, elaborate sets and dramatic lighting recall Hitchcock thrillers, fashion photography and tableau photographers like Gregory Crewdson.
In 2006 Andres was represented in the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum and the Annual National Juried Exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography. Andres’ work has been featured on the cover of Exit Magazine and showcased in Art in America, Artforum, Elle Magazine, The Portland Modern, PDX Magazine and Art Ltd. – which recently profiled her as one of 15 emerging West Coast artists under the age of 35.
She works in film, photography, sculpture and installation and collaborated on short films that were featured in the 31st Annual NW Film & Video Festival, Best of the Northwest Touring Program, the Portland International Film Festival, the Baltimore Women’s Film Festival and the Perpetual Art Machine in New York. Holly Andres received her B.F.A. from the University of Montana in 2002, and her M.F.A. from Portland State University in 2004, where she currently teaches video and photography classes as well as at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR.