Holly O'Meehan

Biography

O’Meehan has developed her approach throughout the course of a double Bachelor in Fine Arts and Art & Design at Curtin University, a number of group exhibitions and in significant solo exhibitions, Elusive Tactility at Paper Mountain in 2018, and Defence/Defiance to be exhibited at Heathcote Gallery in 2021. A major 2017 residency with Art Ichol in India, and several local ceramic residency's, have further refined her keen sensibility for the properties of clay. O’Meehan is one of WA’s most innovative and ambitious crochet practitioners. As one half of the collaborative due the “Golden Wattle Hookers”, their flamboyant, large-scale hanging installation was curated into Fremantle Arts Centres landmark children's exhibition, Animaze.

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Defence/Defiance

Exhibited at Goolugatup Heathcote.

2018
Elusive Tactility

Held at Paper Mountain, Perth WA.

2015
Re-ordering the Chaos of Information

Held at Peek-A-Boo Gallery, Perth WA.

Awards

2019
Little Things Art Prize

Awarded Highly Commended for entered artwork, "Protea".

2019
John Stringer Art Prize

Annual art prize, invitation only.

Residencies

2021
The Farm Margaret River Funded Residency

2021 TFMR 8 week Funded Residency Recipient

2020
Midland Junction Arts Centre Artist Residency

A four month residency to develop work for upcoming solo exhibition.

2020
Great Souther Grammar Artist Residency

A two week artist residency, developing a collaborative artwork with the junior and middle school.

2019
Penrhos College Artist Residency

A two month residency with int he senior school art department.

2017
Residency Exchange to India

A one month residency at Art Ichol, India.

Artist Statement

Holly O’Meehan (b. 1991) works with two distinctive, apparently unrelated mediums: crochet and ceramic. A dexterous handler of both, O’Meehan brings these two materials into harmony. The objects she creates are yarn-and-clay hybrids: hard, fired clay is pierced and shaped to allow the weaving-in of fibres, which in turn drape, suspend or wrap the ceramic.