Holly Nicole Yates
School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
BFA in Studio Art, 2020
I create artwork about manifestations of horror within scientific, personal, and fictional situations in aims of understanding lasting impacts of trauma on the human body. Influenced by psychology and anatomical studies, I am motivated to uncover the subject’s story.
My desire to approach harsh truths and grotesque realities originates from my personal connection to horror and from my desire to understand the components of emotion. I am eager to learn, share and provoke thought about body horror in relation to history. I construct art about psychology, science, supernatural experiences, family, and war. I incorporate a variety of experiences to convey the subjectivity of horror. I may base a series off of my life, research, family, or characters. I seek to learn more about my chosen subject through independent and collaborative investigation.
Alternative photography, film photography, digital photography, short stories, poetry, books and installation are my chosen mediums. I enjoy experimenting with materials and figuring out how to best present and share my ideas.
A big influence on my approach to art includes written works by Poe, Shelley, Stoker, and Bradbury. I am also inspired by the inner workings of the brain and body and how these systems interact to create the history of an individual.
I hope by sharing stories of trauma and anxiety through my art invites viewers to reflect on their relationship to horror and what it means to them.