Bonella Holloway explores the structures of everyday life, focusing on its humour and musicality through video, writing, sound and performance. Rhythms of transport, meals, speech, emotional patterns, sexuality, editing processes of cinema, and experimental music become tropes, used and deformed to construct her own visual universe.
Born in 1981, I started my life journey from Taiwan. In 2006, I left home to New York for my MFA degree from the sculpture program at SUNY New Paltz. Since then, I have been moving in between places to explore diverse cultures. Always in-between a traveler and a resident, I am like a river, a container of myself and of all the surroundings. The flow makes me affect the passing places and reflect them vice versa.
My art is not only a way to record my insights into life but also a means for me to observe other people’s perspectives about being. How can changing a person’s life condition influence one’s sense of existence, both physically and spiritually? The core of my art is to explore one’s identity in a specific time and place ; it reveals my passion for life and people. I like to combine different artistic methods including site-specific interactive performance and time-based video installation for investigating one’s sense of existence, which is deeply related to the context of time , space, and place. Through viewers’ participation in my work, I question their physical and mental existence not only by viewing but also by experiencing my art.