Anita Holtsclaw across the seaOpening: Tuesday 9 October, 6-8pm Dates: 9-29 October 2012
‘across the sea’ is a multi-channel screen-based installation that explores the part that the landscape and narration play in cinematic constructions of gendered identity. The work is informed by new wave cinema, feminist film theory and emergent ideas of a female gaze. across the sea considers both the role of the artist, as well as the auteur in cinema, to question how the outcomes differ when a female rather than a male gaze is writing, directing and filming the imagery. The screen-based installation of across the sea seeks to further examine the ways in which our experience as a viewer of cinematic imagery can be both constructed and expanded within a gallery context. across the sea investigates the spaces that exist between the gallery and the cinema, in an effort to consider notions of femininity that exist between and throughout the varied spaces of film and art.
Anita Holtsclaw is a Brisbane-based artist, who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Working primarily with screen-based installation, her artworks explore the spaces of spectatorship that exist between the gallery and the cinema, whilst investigating constructs of female gendered identity through the re-articulation of filmic imagery. Solo and group exhibitions include, across the sea at Metro Arts (Brisbane), A at Level ARI (Brisbane), Film Flam at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, The Art Resort at the QUT Art Museum (Brisbane) and The International Digital Art Awards at the Beijing Film Academy (China). Anita is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy at the Queensland University of Technology and is the recipient of an Australian Post-Graduate Award. She is a founding Co-Director of the artist-run initiative Boxcopy.