Angela Holm is a fine art photographer inspired by the impossible, effervescent, yet endless human need to “duplicate” what we see. Light being the fundamental source of all life on earth and the only way to make photographic images, becomes the catalyst question behind her work. Attempting to simplify or complicate the process of photography itself, she freely experiments with the entire range of photographic techniques, historic or new, as tools to explore the mystery behind image capture. Joyfully accepting the aura of the unexpected that can happen through optical mechanics, she explores the interplay of light on the natural elements, especially liquids and botanical subjects.
Recalling the pre-renaissance era when the boundaries between science and folk magic were blurry, her artistic practice draws on an inner feeling of gnosis with natural objects. She is interested in meaning attributed to flowers, plants, water, or earth from various hermetic traditions. While engaged in the spirit of inquiry, she sees parallels with her own inner alchemy and the manipulation and disruption of her processes or materials.
Raised in southern California, Holm lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills where she stewards a 5-acre forested property and tends an herbal garden, a source of materials for her work, as well as a special place to watch the light.