The genre-defying art of Furniture professor Barbara Holmes is wide ranging in both materials and style.
She makes lively installations from pieces of reclaimed wooden lath that spiral around doorways and tree trunks. She cuts open discarded hollow-core doors, exposing the support structure within, and remakes the pieces into scaled-down architectural forms, sometimes lit from within.
And she has made prints from 100-year-old tree stumps in the Sierra Nevada.
No matter the material or technique, Holmes is interested in our past and the things we’ve discarded and moved beyond. “It's a theme that runs through all of my work, and using reclaimed materials, past histories, and lost knowledge is all a part of my process,” she says.
Holmes’s artwork has a playful quality that, combined with its positive message of reclamation and transformation, hits a chord for the modern viewer. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Recology.