Initially taking a BSc in Zoology, Anita followed a career in IT, as a software developer and analyst, but after graduating with a first class degree in Stitched Textiles she left IT, her career having gone from Science to Technology and finally Art. This unusual path undoubtedly explains the content of her work – a fascination with the delicate balance of the natural world, the cycle of life. It reflects her concerns about the exploitation of nature and the earth’s resources by man, disrupting this balance and resulting in habitat loss and accelerated climate change. This has a major impact on biodiversity, a lifelong passion. Her work with structures and forms symbolises this fragile web of connections.
Anita’s process revolves around constructing forms from thread. She uses looping and knotting processes such as knitting and non traditional materials such as wire and paper thread. Research develops a narrative, another layer. For instance, her knitted plankton developed from the zoological background and computational algorithms to generate new ‘mutated’ life forms, representing evolutionary development. They are exhibited widely- at the Venice Biennale, Hayward Gallery and Smithsonian Institute amongst others – with the ‘Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reef’ despite being neither coral or crocheted!
Current work revolves around tapestry weaving and Anita is currently undertaking a Foundation Diploma in Tapestry Weaving at West Dean College. She is currently exhibiting ‘ A Day on the Nene’ with Waterline, a collaborative tapestry project with 15 weavers from the around the world who came together remotely to weave tapestries based on the theme of the flow of a river.
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Anita’s work reflects concerns about the exploitation of nature, habitat loss and accelerated climate change – a fascination with biodiversity and the delicate balance that connects us to nature.
Anita also focusses on time and our perception of it. The impossibility of comprehending deep time and space in a single lifetime. Influenced by Japanese calligraphy and the qualities of ink as it resolves into its essential components and spreads beguilingly on paper.Tapestry weaving is a practice that takes time and focus, as does the art of learning to draw an Ensō. A reflection on time and the universe.
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