The process of altering or intervening to create work is a significant quality of Nina Holmes’ practice and she often includes pieces of material or repurposed upholstery. She likens this process-based approach to “surrealist automatism”, while also allowing for the inevitable influence of found images, photographs and the borrowing of techniques and inspirations from other paintings. Working loosely and around expectations Holme’s paintings are never limited to canvas and oil. Instead they push the formal, rigid canon of painting. She enjoys working on multiple paintings at the same time, with work spread out across her studio in Woodstock. The working process is occasionally accompanied by a grand symphonic soundtrack and sometimes with silence. There is careful thinking and intense working through various influences and concepts. Holmes is a Cape Town-based artist who completed her Post Graduate Diploma (2017) with distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She has had two solo exhibitions with Eclectica Contemporary and was featured in the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair solo section.