While living in Tokyo in the early 1990s, I was most fascinated to learn that the rank of a samurai warrior was determined in part by his ability to make a beautiful flower arrangement before a battle. I spent several years mastering this art, called Ikebana, a course of study that led me towards Sculpture. I studied a modern style of flower arranging known for its focus on line, movement and balance. As I began working with clay, stainless steel and stone in the mid-90s, I strove to incorporate what I had learned. Ancient Greek and Roman sculptural works also inspired me.

Artists have portrayed the human body in sculptural form for more than forty thousand years. In media ranging from marble to plaster, clay to glass, I find myself exploring the dynamism and movement of this marvelous structure that contains our feelings, ideas, beliefs and memories. I invoke classicism in these figures, but am interested in creating a modern language of gesture and expression, rather than copying the past. I explore the nude form of both genders because I am interested in celebrating eros—physical love—as a life force: something that both activates and motivates the body, an expression of exuberance and passion.

In the studio, I work from direct observation of a model, sculpting a figure in clay. From this first piece, I make a mold so that I can continue into plaster, bronze, or marble. Casting in glass—a material that allows light to enter and activate the figure-- has added a new and exciting range of expressive possibilities.

Holtquist lives and works in Woodbury, CT.