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Anita Holtsclaw, Estuary at Museum of Brisbane 2022. Photo: Alison Law.

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.

Dates in Residence:
  • Friday 2 September
  • Friday 16 September
  • Friday 30 September
  • Friday 14 October

Museum of Brisbane respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Brisbane and surrounding areas, and other First Nations peoples. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.

MoB’s Artist in Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

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About Dr Anita Holtsclaw

Having grown up on the volcanic shores of Taribelang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, and Bailai Country, Anita’s works explore our  relationship to the poetic coastal landscape. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at QAGOMA, Brisbane and Citè International des Arts, Paris. Embracing the emotive qualities of moving-image media and sound, Anita’s artwork is conceived and made on the unceded lands and flowing waters of the Yaggera, Turrabul, Yugambeh, Quandamooka, Taribelang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, and Bailai people where she lives and swims.