Holly Bates is a Brisbane-based artist, working individually and as one half of the collaboration Parallel Park with artist Tayla Haggarty. Working across a range of mediums such as painting, installation, performance and video, her practice currently seeks to challenge pre-conceived notions of female sexuality depicted by patriarchal culture. Using feminist approaches to art making, the practice explores personal narratives that are formed by the artist’s position as a lesbian feminist, and reflect on body insecurities, sexual fantasies, pleasure, relationships and social stigmas.
Holly has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree at the Queensland University of Technology in 2015, graduating with first class and two academic prizes. Holly has exhibited within showcases at QUT, Boxcopy, The Block, Metro Arts, The Hold and through local artist run initiatives in Brisbane.