Holly Lane
American, born 1954

At first glance, Holly Lane’s acrylic paintings, housed in ornately carved wooden frames, could be mistaken for Renaissance or Gothic altarpieces. Closer inspection of the paintings uncovers fantastical landscapes that explore contemporary themes through allegorical narratives and psychologically charged meditations on female roles in society, animal rights, and environmental degradation. Inspired by illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, Lane carves frames to amplify or provide a context for the paintings within. “I began to create pieces that fused frame and painting, with some pieces having doors that open and close over paintings, to suggest contingency, time, potentiality, future, past, or cause and effect,” she has said. In recent years, Lane has explored the architectural structures of her frames in isolation from painting, carving complex sculptures of gilded wood that …

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