HollyJo – ‘The Wisdom of Ruins’
Part of the ‘Dying.’ series, HollyJo’s ‘The Wisdom of Ruins’ acts as meditations between the artist’s mother’s birthplace (in ruin after an earthquake) and the death of her daughter. Ruins, by virtue of existing, stand as a witness and marker of trauma and subsequent healing.
HollyJo is an interdisciplinary artist who holds a BFA from OCAD University in Sculpture/Installation, with a minor in Ceramic Arts. By leaning into the emotional atmosphere of memory, trauma, identity and mourning, she explores themes of intimate vulnerabilities, bodily integrity and time travel as a source of empathic healing and honouring experience. HollyJo finds solace in storytelling through object making and forging rituals that celebrate the wisdom of impermanence.
In 2019, the ‘Dying.’ series attracted over 3000 attendees, 14 speakers, including keynote Ivor Williams (Helix Centre, UK), and 12 exhibiting artists and designers over the course of the DesignTO festival. In its second year, ‘Dying.’ will continue to offer the public the opportunity to creatively engage in conversation about death and dying through the lens of art and design.
During DesignTO there will be a number of events under the ‘Dying.’ series with an opportunity to visit exhibits across Toronto. ‘Dying.’ is a collaboration between the Health Design Studio at OCAD U and Taboo Health.