Terra Forma, Anita Larkin

Anita Larkin

Artist Statement

Anita Larkin exhibits a selection of her evocative sculpture featuring felt and found objects. Larkin’s work reveals felt to be many things outside of its ordinary domestic association. Felt is used as a way to investigate various objects in the world. Felt is used as symbolic narrative in its association with collected objects. Felt is a protective insulation material, for sound and warmth. It is used in housing, in musical instruments and as industrial filters and abrasive pads. Felt is a connection to our ancient nomadic past. Felt is a breath, an eternal but momentary thing connecting us all.

The ordinary object is transformed into something curious and loaded in Larkin’s art practice. The works are familiar yet delightfully strange, made with meticulous attention to detail, and display a witty sense of humour. Works in this exhibition feature things such as: ping-pong bats apparently growing breasts, felted guns, felted hammers, felted teacups, a cradle made from felted female hips joining a baseball glove, and a felt cloth made with sheep and wallaby fibre. Felt as a breath.

Anita Larkin graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of The Arts in 1993 and has since exhibited across Australia and internationally. Represented by Defiance Gallery in Sydney since 2002, she has a sculptural practice engaged in collected objects, casting parts of the human body, and working with the nomadic material, felt. Larkin has had 11 solo shows and had work in numerous group shows including, Sculpture by the Sea (2002, 2003) The Wynne Prize AGNSW (2006, 2008) UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award (2004, 2006, 2010) The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2009, 2015), The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award (2009, 2015) The 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, The 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial (2014), and The Blake Prize (2013). Larkin’s work is represented in private and public collections within Australia, such as The Wollongong City Gallery, The National Textile Collection, Westmead Hospital and The Australian War Memorial Art Collection.

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