Holly Fedida, Artist – Tkaronto/Toronto

Holly Fedida is an artist invested in the intimacies of observation and the objects we hold close. Working with painting and drawing, she aims to imagine different possibilities for the still-life genre, creating pictures in which objects can become subjects by taking on the roles of active protagonists. Holly holds a BFA in Painting & Drawing from Concordia University. She currently has work in Tattarrattat, the inaugural show at Hunt Gallery, a new gallery space in Toronto’s west end, from September 9 to October 15.

  1. Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe, Bleeding Heart, 1932

I love how otherworldly and strange-looking Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings are. The way she uses scale and huge shapes that fill the canvas is something that I keep coming back to. This one is a current favourite and has been on my mind since I read this piece of writing by Jessi Jezewska Stevens: Flowers are the Ultimate Symbols.

  1. Grave rubbings

I spend a lot of time browsing eBay and other online auction sites and am very pleased to have stumbled down this particular rabbit hole. What’s not to love? Ornate headstones, chalk pastels, and perfect drawings every time!

  1. My collection of objects

I love stuff and spend a lot of time thinking about, selecting, and moving things around my house. These are some recent favourites: a miniature wooden dresser, a rock my previous neighbours gave me, a piece of illusion ice (made of plastic), and two ceramic cups by my talented artist friend Guillaume Bégin

  1. William Blake
Job’s Evil Dreams 1825, reprinted 1874 William Blake 1757-1827 Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the National Gallery and donations from the Art Fund, Lord Duveen and others, and presented through the the Art Fund 1919 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/A00022 

His work is brilliant and always surprising. Lately, I’ve been especially interested in his illustrations to “the Book of Job” for their compelling combinations of text and image. The fluid line-drawing “frames” paired with the super dense central illustrations is just such a great device!

  1. This poem by Wallace Stevens

An old favourite that I recently found again and that still feels perfect.