Siri Hollander was born in New York in 1959, but her family quickly relocated to the south of Spain where they remained for most of her childhood. Siri’s earliest memories consist of riding massive Andalusian mares across the rolling hills of Andalusia, where these magnificent beasts and the land itself became her teachers. Arguably self-taught, Siri’s unusual and wild upbringing has certainly influenced her rough and emotional sculptures. Unlike most artists, with Siri’s work perfection is never the goal. If you ask her how she knows a piece is finished she will answer simply that, “it’s a feeling.” With her acute sense of feeling, she has allowed her emotions and instincts to guide her through life, and her work. She has learned from trial and error and lets her memories and first-hand knowledge guide her through the creation of her sculptures.
There was never a precise beginning to Siri Hollander’s career as an artist, it was simply a part of who she was from the beginning. She says, “When I first started it was a grand mess. I would ride around and stop by little creaks making little figures out of sticks and mud. Little by little, it got more logical, and I used more permanent materials. But it just happened. There wasn’t much thought behind it.”
For the last 40 or so years Siri has been living in New Mexico, between her lovely farm in the more rural and northern town of Ojo Sarco and her quant adobe home in Santa Fe. She has raised four children there and only gotten more and more consumed by her art. Throughout the years, Siri’s instincts have turned into something more recognizable as mastery.
While her original muse was certainly the Andalusian horses she grew up with, and horse sculptures are what Siri is most known for, she is also quite skilled when it comes to depicting the nature of other creatures such as bulls, deer, birds, and a collection of other smaller animals. Siri also has a small collection of abstract humanoid figures, that are incredibly emotional. All of her work is made originally from a mixture of steal pieces welded together, that she will then cover in cement and color. These original pieces can then be cast in either bronze or aluminum, creating massive, eye-catching pieces that seem to take on a life of their own.
Siri works nearly every day, but she says that when she needs a break from working, she will head up to her little farm oasis in the Northern New Mexico to do some “light” farm work, including gardening and mending fences. She will also ride her horses to clear her mind and reconnect with original muse.
In recent years Siri has become consumed by the need to give back to the universe. She feels that art is healing, and fundamentally important in our society today, and thus she has begun to invest her time in finding public art displays for her pieces. Siri is constantly looking for places to put her pieces so that everyone can enjoy them. She believes this is an important part of the art world, making sure that everyone has access to art and the emotional releases that come along with it. Along with this idea, she has opened her studio and gallery up to young artists who simply need a space and a push to get started in their own careers. Siri has been in the business for a long time and sees her next adventure in the art world as something more than simply creating. She hopes to inspire, teach and help others enjoy and have access to art in the ways that she had growing up.