Holly Birtles’ photographic practice incorporates performance, prop production and digital and analogue techniques and is informed by multi-disciplinary collaborations with writers and musicians. Birtles' work is concerned with sensorial discrepancies between the suggested experience and the flat surface of the image. She seeks to play with experiential loss via two-dimensional documentation of often bulbous and tactile objects, along with sound-based performances. Subsequently, these props function as ephemeral wearable environments, choreographed to highlight somantic sensations. Props and performances often incorporate operatic song, spoken word and tactile drawings; all elements are silenced and flattened through the process of photographic documentation. The imagery embraces the implication of tactility and sound.
Birtles exhibits internationally and continues to work with musicians, artists and writers in London, Berlin and New York. These collaborations have enabled significant contributions to her developing practice and prompted commissions beyond the gallery context.
Approach to teaching
Birtles has worked as a lecturer across a range of institutions contributing to courses in Further and Higher Education. Her exploratory practice provides research into practice-based and theoretical associated subjects including: photography and materiality, photography and phenomenology, process-based research, contemporary fashion photography and fashion moving image, the conceptual image and performance and photography. Research completed has informed module construction, practice and dissertation supervision, industrial placement organisation and theoretical and practice focused lecturers.
University of Greenwich
1 Sep 2015 → 30 Jun 2017
Award Date: 30 Jun 2017
Master, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
1 Oct 2009 → 30 Jun 2011
Award Date: 30 Jun 2011
Bachelor, University of Westminster
25 Sep 2005 → 30 Jun 2008
Award Date: 30 Jun 2008
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