I "draw" with a variety of mediums--light, string, tape, film, installation, paper shreds, ceramics, iron, as well as paint and other traditional mediums. In my films I have drawn with the linear paths of a character's actions. Actions can construct a Kandinsky-like geometry within the film frame over time. Having started as a painter, issues from painting and drawing pervade all my work.
The subject matter of my work is perception - both spatial and personal - and its relationship to states of mind and feeling. By undermining expectations, our attention focuses on the experience of perceiving. The work celebrates the visual world and gives evidence to the unique nature of our experiences.
--Anita Thacher, 2011 __________________________________________________________________________________
Anita Thacher is a New York-based artist known for her work in a variety of mediums--film, video, public art, multimedia, light, architectural and sculptural installation, as well as painting, photography and prints. Memory, childhood and domestic themes are essential elements in her work, which is densely layered, both visually and aurally, yet exhibits a fundamental clarity and humor.
She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards among them The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and The New York Women in Film and Television Preservation Fund. Her films have premiered in various film festivals, among them The New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, as well as New Directors/New Films at The Museum of Modern Art. Her work was also exhibited in The Whitney Museum's, American Century 1950-1999, and other exhibitions at national and international institutions such as The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, P.S.1, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pompidou Center and Jeu de Paume.
Public collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and Arsenal Internationales Forum des Jungen Films, among others.
Ms. Thacher is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, former member of its Board and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow.
Paintings: Microscope Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
Prints: The Metropolitan Museum Bookstore, New York, New York; Van Deb Editions, New York, New York
Films: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Film-Makers' Cooperative, New York, New York; The Arsenal, Berlin, Germany; Light Cone, Paris, France