based in

Lublin, Poland

About Me

Born in 1976. Artist,  feminist, author of publications.

I create mystic art. I am interested in language of human psyche in myths, magic, dreams, rituals, fairy tales. In my artistic practice I endeavor to understand deeper meaning of this language and to transform it into visual forms. I am searching for inspirations in religious art (especially from prehistory till middle ages), in art naive and in magical artefacts. I feel that character of this creations (simplifications, metaphor, no literality and sometimes naivety) reflects the language of our souls the best.

I continue tradition of the oldest dolls, known from prehistory – magic, rithual, which always have symbolic meanning. A doll is made with handcraft techniques what is crucial here, since handicraft is as primal and innate to man as symbolic thinking (or feeling). Thus dollmaking connects as to the very beginnings of humankind. 

I am an author of number of articles about art, published in newspapers and magazines.

I work as a manager of eduction in the Center for Culture in Lublin.


2005-6  Bornholm Folk High School, Aakirkeby, Denmark

2000  Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, MA in sculpture and art education

1995  Fine Arts Secondary School, Lublin



Doll Prague Exhibition, Prague, Lucerna Palace, Czech Republic

Ask Mokosh (Zapytaj Mokoszy). Sztuka Wyboru Gallery, Gdańsk


Motherhood from the beginning and endless. Antropological story. (Macierzyństwo od początku i bez końca. Opowieść antropologiczna). Ethnographic Museum, Toruń


Art Doll Prague, Slovansky Dum, Prague, Czech Republic


Art Doll Prague Biennale –  contest exhibition (3rd prize for art doll, category “soft dolls”), Prague, Czech Republic


[A]symmetries. Contemporary art in the context of the museum ([A]symetrie. Sztuka współczesna w kontekście muzeum), Lublin Museum

POLA Polish Art Doll:

  • BWA Gallery, Kielce
  • BWA Gallery, Skierniewice
  • Służew Culture House, Warsaw


Motherhood (Macierzyństwo), Workshops of Culture, Lublin

Ars loci – image of the collection (Ars loci – obraz kolekcji), Lublin Society fot the Encouragement of Fine Arts – Zachęta Gallery, Lublin

Ars loci – current image (Ars loci – obraz współczesny), Workshops of Culture, Lublin


Young Art Biennale Rybie Oko 3, Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery, Słupsk/ Ustka

Women Feast (Święto Kobiet), “Mute” club, Cracow




Kore/Persephone (Kora/ Persefona), Gardzienice Gallery, Lublin


Dolls (Lalki), Gardzienice Gallery, Lublin


Dolls (Lalki), Wozownia Gallery, Toruń


Madonnas (Madonny), Otwarta Pracownia Gallery, Cracow

Madonnas (Madonny), BWA Labirynt Gallery, Lublin


Madonnas (Madonny), Galeria Interdyscyplinarna, Słupsk


  • The Lublin Museum
  • Lublin Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts

2017  Art Doll Prague Biennale – 3rd prize in category “dolls from soft materials”, Czech Republic

2016  Ćmielów Design Studio, Polska Fabryka Porcelany [Polish Porcelain Faktory], Ćmielów

Project – porcelain parts for a doll’s body.

teksty autorstwa Katarzyny Hołdy

K. Hołda’s publications

Teksty na stronie Centrum Kultury w Lublinie w ramach programu Latających Warsztatów Rękodzieła (patrz zakładka “teaching”):


Teksty publikowane w Obiegu dostępne TUTAJ.


from 2009 – Latające Warsztaty Rekodzieła (Flying Craft Workshops) – educational project set up and run by Katarzyna:

  • from 2012 – as a departament of the Center for Culture in Lublin (Poland). We make workshops of dollmaking, design, magic, sewing etc. etc.
  • 2009-2012 – as freelanced project. Guest handcrafts workshops in different places and organizations.


2015  guest instructor, Gerðuberg Cultural Center, Reykjavik, Island


2004-2012 – freelanced teacher – selected experiences:

  • 2011-12  trainings for art educators, Wojewódzki Ośrodek Kultury (Voivodeship Culture Center), Lublin
  • 2009-2010  Lublin University of Technology
  • 2008-2010  University of the Third Age, Lublin