In making reference to past traditions, Cassandra Holden’s contemporary work examines the enduring and transforming attitudes society and culture has towards femininity and beauty. Through the acts of weaving and crocheting, Holden seeks to repossess crafts
generally considered “feminine” by societal standards and to embrace the rich histories that these practices hold. Her work with synthetic hair explores the way identity is formed and represented by the adornment s we use to augment and manipulate our appearances.
Cassandra Holden was raised in New York City and received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2012. She works primarily in soft sculpture, drawing, and installation. Previously, she has exhibited through the Queens Council on the Arts and with the New York based art collectives Blank Canvas and Urban Studio.