Blanket of Fog
Blanket of Fog, April 2-May 7, 2015, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX

There has been a blanket of fog, a dense and heavy weight, hovering over me since I was a child. On March 29th, 1986, my childhood home burned down. I remember it clearly, because it was exactly one week after my 15th birthday, and the day before Easter. Ever since then I’ve been obsessed with piles of rubble, and I’ve been trying to memorialize events and preserve memories through my various collections, constructions and drawings.

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photo credit: Scott David Gordon

I recently found myself reflecting on the nature of objects and artifacts. Objects being everyday things, versus artifacts, which are man-made objects typically holding some cultural or historical significance. My works are filled with a variety of images, from mundane objects to what I define as “artifacts”, assembled, collected and collaged together through drawings and installations. The works themselves act as evidence, whether that be evidence of personal memories or broader events affecting larger communities.

My work has ranged in media from drawing to video and sculptural installation. No matter what form the work takes, there are threads of memory intertwined with a sort of collective consciousness. In 2011 I became obsessed with images of both man-made and natural disasters. I began gleaning photos from news sources and the internet and started to recontextualize them through elaborate hand cut and digital collages that would be inspiration for detailed drawings. For me, drawing is an important ritualistic activity, imbuing meaning onto representations of events and superficial objects, making them more precious in some way.

Currently, I’m collecting images from the internet and using them to create digital collages representing my childhood memories. My goal these days when combining a variety of images or junk picked up on street corners, is to create some scene that feels real to me, something that conjures and feels as close to my own memories as possible. These constructed memories are represented in this exhibition, Blanket of Fog. This is a personal story, a memory, a fantasy.

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