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Renee Holliday

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
Curriculum Vitae

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 Artist Statement

Experimentation and play are at the center of this body of work. Tangrams, Perler Beads, and the ever-lowly string are a few of the items that aid in a child’s development. The brightly colored toys and tools of learning serve to elicit wonder, exploration, and growth. Under the innocence of youth, we are encouraged to make mistakes and play, however, during the transition into adulthood it often takes a back seat to responsibility and societal expectations. In choosing these materials, not only do I seek to question the value of the traditional gold and silver as materials for jewelry, but I also seek to reconnect with play as an adult through colorful, fun, and exuberant objects. Things treasured as a child embrace a new significance when worn as an adult. My hope is that the wearer is reconnected to a younger, more innocent version of themselves.

Material Revelation Exhibit

Linked Perlers$325

Linked Perlers

Perler Beads, Nylon Cord, Plastic Pearls, Nylon Thread
17” x 8” x 1”
Mantis 1$150

Mantis 1

Toy Parts, Nylon Cord
14” x 6” x 1”
Mantis 2$175

Mantis 2

Toy Parts, Nylon Cord
13” x 7.5” x 1”
Perler Fusion225

Perler Fusion

Perler Beads, Unknown STEM Toy, Nylon Cord
19” x 8.5” x .5”
Unknown Building Blocks$300

Unknown Building Blocks

Unknown Toys, Aluminum, Nylon Cord
21” x 6.5” x .5”


North Carolina artist Renee Holliday uses feminist thought and action to create jewelry, sculpture, and textile works. Utilizing traditional metalsmithing skills, Renee repurposes discarded objects in the creation of her jewelry and other artworks. Gathering her materials from thrift shops and secondhand stores allows her to honor her working-class background and inherited resourcefulness while gleaning other’s unwanted possessions. While this act is ultimately meant to keep items out of the landfill, it also creates a more meaningful connection to the materials used and questions the concept of preciousness and access. Renee's work has been shown regionally throughout North and South Carolina and at the Fuller Projects in Bloomington, Indiana.


Thank you to Hilliard Family Foundation Inc. for sponsoring Material Revelation


The Cabarrus Arts Council thanks

Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trust
Atrium Health
Embassy Suites
Corning Incorporated
Fifth Third
Hilton Garden Inn
Independent Tribune
Eli Lilly and Company
Explore Cabarrus
Market Street Studios
Billy Harrison Revocable Trust for Charity
Cabarrus Brewing Company
F&M Bank
Impact Technologies
Publix Super Markets Charities
Shoe Show
Uwharrie Bank
Younce & Co., P.A
City Of Concord
Kannapolis City
Midland Logo
Mt Pleasant Logo
Cabarrus County

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