Dana Holst, Garconne, 2012, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches.

 Dana Holst, Garconne, 2012, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches.

DANA HOLST: LO AND BEHOLD: November 29 - December 23, 2012

In her new exhibition, Lo and Behold, Dana Holst presents a series of paintings which provoke speculative narratives around bullying and the emotional lives of young women. Investigating the subtle methods employed by the female bully; gossip, rumour mongering and mental intimidation are quietly woven into the fabric of the pieces as Holst depicts the desire to gain power and dominate within society. Holst is particularly interested in the experiences of the victims of bullying and how the various cruelties inflicted can expand within and erode a person’s hope to the point of despondency and contemplation of suicide. Aggression, power, despair, Lo and Behold seeks to examine this troubling aspect of human nature; both our appetite for dominance and our weakness and willingness to remain mute witness to the cruelty of others.

Dana Holst, Patsy, 2012, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches.

Dana Holst, Patsy, 2012, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches.

Dana Holst, Slattern, 2012, encaustic and oilstick on prepared paper, 14 x 11.5 inches.

Dana Holst, Slattern, 2012, encaustic and oilstick on prepared paper, 14 x 11.5 inches.