Multimedia artist and musician Andy Holden is a master of eclecticism and irony. His work constantly moves between subjects, media and approaches and is frequently collaborative. He is currently working with his ornithologist father on a project exploring bird and human migration, while his main collaborator in his installation Cat-tharsis (2016/21) was his late grandmother, who left him the 300 china cats that became its inspiration. Holden’s own love of collecting and his obsession with charity shops led him to discover the work of outsider artist Hermione Burton (1925 – c.1990), whose paintings he found by chance and has since collected, researched, restored, exhibited and filmed.
Andy Holden (born 1982, Bedford) lives and works in Bedford. Holden studied at Goldsmiths, University of London.
I’ve always had a complicated relationship with nostalgia. Why does a nostalgic object cast such an inescapable spell? It is a malady I suffer from, mildly mostly, with occasional intense lapses.
– Andy Holden