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Anita Thacher

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The primary concern of my work is perception and its relationship to inner states of mind and feeling. Rooted in film and moving images, collaged imagery references domestic or childhood themes. The images are drawn from the everyday fabric of my world; people, architectural forms, landscape, animals, household objects, art, plants, etc., however, the work aims to expose those subliminal areas of the everyday experience that are rarely focused on. I work with photography, film and video as well as painting, sculpture, print and multimedia installation. The large-scale sculptural works are often site specific. In some, film, photography and light along with sound and projection may be vital elements. The play between two- and
three-dimensionality, issues of scale and the materialization of light and shadow are a few examples of some of the considerations in the work. My aim is to create work that may be experienced like a magic act, thus shifting our expected orientation. While the work celebrates seeing and perception, it also gives evidence to the magic of experience.
Anita Thacher is a New York-based artist known for her site-specific multimedia installations, films, videos, public art and photographic works. Her art explores issues of perception often with childhood themes. National and international exhibitions include the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, P.S. 1, Jeu de Paume, France, the New York Film Festival, The Sculpture Center and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Berlin Arsenal and the French Film Archives. Her films have premiered at five New York Film Festivals and are distributed by the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Berlin Arsenal, and Light Cone, Paris. Her film work was included in the Whitney Museum, American Century 1950-1999 exhibition in 2000. . Her recent work includes an illuminated photographic installation in Luminous Image V, a five person exhibition at the Newark Museum while her film work was included in the Whitney Museum's exhibition, The Color of Ritual, the Color of Thought: Women Avant-garde Filmmakers in America 1930 - 2000. A permanent light installation, competitively selected by M.T.A. Arts for Transit, is to be mounted at the Long Island Rail Road Station in Greenport, NY
in 2004. A recent solo exhibition has been seen at Art Resources Transfer in New York City and reviewed in New York Magazine and Sculpture Magazine. Ms. Thacher is a Civitella Ranieri and MacDowell Colony fellow and former member of its Board of Directors.
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