Anneli Holmström is a Finnish-Scottish artist (b.1985, Edinburgh, Scotland) currently based in Jakobstad, Finland.
Holmströms practice focuses on painting from an expanded approach, often incorporating sculptural crossovers and multidisciplinary collaborations with audio or video accompaniment pieces. Conceptually running through her projects, is a re-turning interest in storytelling methods in visual art. Unlike narratives aimed at more direct readings, Holmström’s approach embraces the fragmentary, the layered, the misread, the intuitive and allegorical. This method reveals her wider ambition to develop an improved visual language to communicate the emotional. “As the realm of emotion, as a knowledge form – is largely both in-direct and pre-verbal it feels fitting that my artworks also should share this sense of visual ambiguity”. The challenge to link up the visual with the tacit is likewise echoed in the fragmentary approach to narration and the references guiding the work. These references include objects and events re-called from her own visual library which through the art-making process are re-assembled to form new visual fictions. In this process of re-imagining the autobiographical, Holmström views the task of art making as a way to re-assess narrative conventions – that while individual may also be – collectivised and shared.