Maria Holland

 Artist Statement

In my work, the body is employed as a vehicle to explore binary oppositions and what it means to be human. Working with images of the human form, and the materiality of the paint, I explore ideas of power, transparency, light and dark. The paintings question what is perceived as beautiful and acceptable or painful and pleasurable.

Images are sourced from surgical anatomy textbooks. These sources are chosen for their inherent beauty and humanity. The works are executed in watercolor, acrylic and ink, where the medium becomes an aid in making things both transparent and opaque. The mediums of watercolor, ink, acrylic, and white paper, become metaphors for the beauty and darkness that I see in the world. I see the water as a vital element that can express pain or pleasure, and the image of the body becomes a vehicle in understanding this dichotomy.


Maria Holland was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland but also lived in Boston and Calgary before finally settling in Waterloo. In the spring of 2012, she graduated from the University of Waterloo Fine Arts program in studio specialization, Deans Honours list.

To Contact Maria Holland:

Phone: 519-880-9558

    Maria Holland