Artist in Residence: Anita Holtsclaw
Inspired by the ebb and flow as well as the mangroves of our city’s river, Anita’s exhibition Estuary explores the presence of water in our lives and bodies. During the residency, visitors can see how Anita applies her unique interpretations of the river in three ethereal embroidered artworks that are reminiscent of the sheer, flowing and luminous qualities of water. Taking over the Adelaide Street Pavilion gallery, Anita will create artworks using delicate materials and intricate techniques, supported by large-scale hoops. From her workbench, she will experiment with new embroidery motifs and also create a large-scale drawing along the gallery wall. Informed by keen research and days spent with a mindful eye on the river, Anita’s drawing explores the tidal pathways and natural features that arise along its journey. Visitors are invited to participate in a shared drawing activity and to speak to the artist about her practice.
Image credit: Anita Holtsclaw, Palaces (installation still) 2013, steel, voile, digital video. Courtesy the artist.