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 sculptural 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 were widely exhibited with the ‘Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reef’ despite being neither coral or crocheted.
Anita has also undertaken site-specific residencies in museums and heritage sites. Detailed research identifies stories and ideas that connect to personal themes, but the process has to be more flexible – calling on a wider skill set to make work appropriate to the site. This has included digitally printing over-scale feathers for Burghley House and a flock of birds screen printed with the poet John Clare’s handwriting for his dovecot. Although the work has a different impetus, subject matter recurrs – creatures of the sea, birds, moths, hedges, trees, text – and connections becoming increasingly visible.
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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.
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