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Elizabeth Holtry’s recent work consists of hand-stitched “drawings” of  marginalized animals such as hyenas, rats, bats, and vultures. These unloved animals have been vilified in folklore and popular culture, portrayed as tricksters and scavengers. Likewise, Holtry’s chosen medium, embroidery, has long been associated with women’s work and domesticity. In uniting these outcasts—unpopular animals and unfashionable handcraft—Holtry’s work invites us to reexamine objects of minimal prestige. Her representation of pariahs through the traditional art of embroidery challenges our aesthetic prejudices and seeks to reclaim these animals as complex creatures worthy of compassion and awe.


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Elizabeth Holtry
2015, 18x18, embroidery on glitter vinyl
Elizabeth Holtry
2014, 12x12", embroidery on glitter vinyl
Elizabeth Holtry
2014, 11x11 , embroidery on glitter vinyl
Elizabeth Holtry
2013, 22x22 , embroidery on vinyl + fabric
Elizabeth Holtry
2013, 11x48, embroidery on vinyl
Elizabeth Holtry
2013, 18x36.5, embroidery on muslin + fabric