Opening event Tuesday September 4, from 5.30pm
The National, Christchurch
In her book On Weaving, Anni Albers writes about our tactile sensitivity and the surface quality of material, saying that we touch things to assure ourselves of reality but that most of our experiences today are with an already pre-formulated material rather than unformed material. Albers refers to this unformed material as material ‘in the rough’.
With textiles and tactility at the centre of her practice, Fitts presents collage and photographic work made during her recent residency at McCahon House, Titirangi, Auckland. These new works enter into an imaginative dialogue between the writing of Anni Albers, the interior design of Eileen Gray and the portrait painting of Romaine Brooks. Combining the site of the McCahon house and this group of remarkable historical figures new ideas of portraiture and architectural decoration emerge.
Image: Emma Fitts, Detail from The Red Jacket, 2018
Date(s) - 04/09/2018 - 29/09/2018