June 19, 1-2.30 PM – Synchronous

  • Add all work to the Online Studio by 12noon (EST/US), Saturday, June 19th.
  • – Include artist statement and images and writing of studio progress
  • Discuss each other’s work in the Online Studio by 11.59pm, Sunday, June 20th.
  • 1st live group session via Zoom.





  • Tracy Holtham: Hi Armon Many thanks for this.
  • Armon Means: Hey everyone, now that I've had time to talk with everyone here...
  • Kate Martinez: c u r r e n t s t a t e m...
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Armon Means
Armon Means
19 June 2021 2:36am

Hey everyone! This is our first synchronous meeting for F402I Independent Study. Students will all present work to one another and have an open exchange of thoughts and ideas related to their own artwork and that of their peers. Each will have approximately 15 minutes, each followed by time for comments. Use this link to join the zoom meeting and officially meet each other for the first time.

Armon Means is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: F402I SESSION 2
Time: 1 – 2:30 pm EST / 12 – 1:30 pm CST

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 2396 8928

Tracy Holtham
19 June 2021 12:01pm

Artist statement (from last week)

Current artist statement
I am a multi-media artist, currently working with photography, collage, text, and sound. I am interested in the immediacy of these forms, and how they can be combined to develop a visual narrative. I also enjoy abstracting forms to find new meanings.

I work in this media, as I can create work in different contexts, such as commuting, (as I like to create whilst in motion as helps with the thinking process), or the opposite by sitting in a café, (which I find inspiring). The relationship between these formats allows me to combine visual and auditory elements.

I take photos which I digitally manipulate, collage, or abstract. Text and sound are added to these elements, or vice-versa. Each inform the other – a photograph can inspire a song title, or found words may influence what I look for visually to document. I value the sense of layering which occurs.

In my work I abstract elements, to understand or bring new meaning to everyday questions. Mental health and emotional understanding are also foundational to my practice.

I am inspired by being in large spaces, whether architectural, or emotional when exploring the mind via words, music, or experiences. The multi-media elements are combined with a performative or experiential aspect, such as a stage performance which is recorded, or a poem which develops into a song. 

At present I am particularly interested in intersectionality and moving image. I explore the use of persona, fictionality and artifact. 

My intention is to utilise art to combine my longstanding interest in poetry, music, and sound – to create a path where artistic autonomy and mental wellbeing are at the centre.

Last edited 1 year ago by Tracy Holtham
Tracy Holtham
19 June 2021 12:05pm


Work undertaken this week:

King’s Cross / Tooting

Tracy Holtham
19 June 2021 12:06pm


Work undertaken this week:

King’s Cross / Tooting continued

Tracy Holtham
19 June 2021 12:08pm


Work undertaken this week.


Tracy Holtham
19 June 2021 12:09pm

Writing of studio progress

This week I took various photos and videos when out and about, in a variety of locations in London, before or after other activities. I wanted to investigate what I would document if it was ancillary to my activities, rather than separate from.

I have been drawn to geographical shapes and forms, yellow lines (i.e., a wire on an external wall on a building site, double yellow road lines, a yellow hose pipe trail in the garden), metal grids and steps. With the yellow lines, this was something I realised when thinking about my work, rather than documenting.

Nature within city spaces was also of interest. Here are some works in progress, which I would like to work on further with digital manipulation, layering, collage, as well as write poetry in response to the pieces, and possibly combine in some way. I’m also interested in joining or merging some of the video pieces or creating titles for the works as a way of initiating and developing a narrative.

Tracy Holtham
19 June 2021 12:11pm

 “String of thought” statements or words that immediately come to mind as you process your imagery

King’s Cross and Tooting images and video
Plant boundaries
Overlapping trapped brick and diamond gridlines
Archway, glowing hinterland.

1920’s film, gothic foreboding
Painted, graduated shadows
1920’s flowers in film
Shifting in the wind
Granulated steps
Minute foliage
Progressive retrograde steps.

Yellow wires
Double yellow chicane lines
Yellow hosepipe training down the garden.

Masked frontage
Grid upon geometric arch.

Southwark images and video
The doors and windows speak
Shadowed entrance
Poles like a Victorian ship’s hull

Vertical and horizontal interplay
Cloudy sky as extended negative space
Overlapping buildings
Unfinished over-view (reflections).

Crane above the highest point
Leaning into the building beneath
Crane as the head of a building
Scaffolding for legs
Train track for feet.

Last edited 1 year ago by Tracy Holtham
Tracy Holtham
19 June 2021 12:13pm

Thematic ideas

1920’s film
Gradual movement
Yellow amongst darkness, hope
Diagonal lines

Initial thoughts

I really enjoyed seeing what I could find, and looking for current themes. I can see how elements could be combined or further worked on to create narratives, or how some pieces have a narrative within themselves.

What comes to mind when considering your work
Early film footage and photography
The unsaid
Connection or disconnection through layers

Kate Martinez
Kate Martinez
19 June 2021 12:47pm

b a c k g r o u n d | Shift – 2 reasons. I started creating more intuitively/abstractly in January. I found that the direction I was going really wasn’t saying what I wanted to say. Based on feedback from a couple critique groups I did, as well as some personal reflection – Male gaze, selfie-like compositions, too “pretty”, not really representative of real people. Second reason was more practical…I am trying to fit my practice in around motherhood, a day job (graphic designer-which takes a lot of the technical creative energy out of me), etc, and the figurative drawing was taking too much energy/attention/time from some of my other commitments. Trying to find a way that I could work in my studio practice in such a way that would allow me to actually do it. 

f l e s h | in some ways I am thinking of the canvas as “flesh” or personhood, and the dying, staining, painting, drawing process becomes representative of the different influences that are the building blocks of who we are/who we become.

b u i l d i n g u p f l e s h | interesting that you mentioned this…the most recent piece I am working on currently I have tried pouring on thick latex house paint to experiment with peeling back pieces and layers. The peels are almost flesh-like

d y e i n g | non-aggression I know some artists that use this connection to motherhood/maternal/women’s work, is this actually an important connection to me? Other connections – Imprinted, created/creation?

c o l o r | Intentionality. Sometimes it feels like I am opening the doors too wide, and my hope is that I will get into a groove with favorite/preferred materials. Color psychology may be a way of both creating a more complex sense of meaning while at the same time adding some parameters for the work.

o t h e r i n f l u e n c e | Helen Frankenthaller who in a way kind of argued against “meaning”, I am intrigued by her process, not so much her philosophy

s t r e a m o f c o n s c i o u s n e s s | weight, transparency, secret/hidden, connection, building up and tearing down, excavation and discovery, what makes us, history, family and personal history, individuality vs corporate beings, connecting as one body or one family, change, redeem, spirit.

Kate Martinez
Kate Martinez
19 June 2021 12:50pm
Reply to  Kate Martinez

c u r r e n t s t a t e m e n t | I am a mixed media artist, working and living in Charleston, SC. Inspired by lineage, nature, and psychology, I draw from metaphysical ideas of inner landscape, memory and personhood, especially physical, spiritual, and social connection. Exploring chance but always internally chronicled personal and corporate history, I begin each work with dyeing the surface, and making quick, chaotic, abstract marks. I then draw out inherent shapes, painting in many thin layers until shapes and figures emerge.

Armon Means
Armon Means
20 June 2021 4:37pm

Hey everyone, now that I’ve had time to talk with everyone here are the recordings from our meetings this weekend.

https://youtu.be/pahXzdTP3Zo – Tracy and Kate
https://youtu.be/8YJ4wOpkwDs – Chris

Tracy Holtham
27 June 2021 9:03am
Reply to  Armon Means

Hi Armon

Many thanks for this.