Hollis Hammonds

Region: West

The collecting, organizing, and hoarding of material culture, trash piles, and debris left after natural and manmade disasters are all manifest in my creative work. Through arrangements of mundane objects and memory artifacts, I make drawings, paintings, and installations that are simultaneously excessive and composed. I am fascinated by public documentation of natural disasters and wartime imagery, reality TV, and current social issues, and my work has also been influenced by personal experiences, including growing up in a house filled with clutter, and a fire that destroyed my childhood home. My work questions consumerist culture and the negative effects it can have on our society, our environment, and in our individual lives. They illustrate a possible dystopian future, one that is created from our collective waste and the leftover ruins of our civilization.