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Holly Gardener

We were excited to introduce the talented Holly Gardener to our line up of visual artists at Species 2015. Originally from Co. Leitrim Holly has a great eye for character based work and is currently studying to be a animation artist in Dublin.

Holly Gardener live at Species 2015
  • Tell us a little about yourself as an Artist:

Well, I’ve been drawing since I was a toddler, and I’m on my way to pursuing a role in animation. I study in Dublin, and favour ink, watercolours and digital mediums to create my art.

Digital Art by Holly Gardener


Painting by Holly Gardener


  • How long have you been making art and what drives you to do it?

Handmade Dolls by Holly Gardener

Really, since as far back as I can remember. Both my parents were very artistic and encouraged me to pursue my interests in that area.

  • What part of Gothic culture captured your imagination for your piece at Species?

My piece in species was a creature painted onto one of the wooden doors, so my inspiration for that was to do something scary that would appear in front of you once the door was closed. The hold that horror has on Gothic culture is something I really enjoy, it’s a safe space to explore the things that are a bit scary, and even embrace them.

  • How do you find the experience of painting with an audience?

Great! I enjoyed painting for an audience, just as much as being part of an audience watching another artist!

  • What preparations for your live paint, did you do on the run up to species?

Not a lot unfortunately, I really just chose my subject on the spot based on the size of the space I was working on. I’ll be more prepared next year!

  • What part of Gothic culture intrigues you most?

Getting the chance to really embrace the darker things in life, celebrating weirdness and of course the fashion.

  • What is your views Gothic and Industrial culture in Ireland today?

Can’t say I’m that involved in anything really, Species was my first opportunity to get involved, but the Gothic scene in Dublin seems alive and well.

  • What parts of Species did you enjoy most?

The late night music, the energy at the festival, meeting fellow artists; everything really, it was a great experience.

  • Would you like to be artistically involved next year?




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