Toile de Jouy

This series challenges prejudicial attitudes toward under-appreciated animals that are often viewed as repulsive or unattractive. These paintings mimic the style of toile de jouy fabric, which often depicts saccharine pastoral vignettes. To subvert the traditional imagery, however, Holtry replaces it with fauna that generally are viewed as repulsive. She seeks to reclaim hyenas, rats, vultures, and insects as complex creatures, worthy of empathy and awe.