I draw with a variety of mediums--light, string, tape, paper shreds and paint as well as pencil. In my short films I draw with the linear paths of the character’s actions. The actions can construct a Kandinsky-like geometry within the film frame. Shapes, such as circles, rectangles, squares, etc. are “drawn” on the frame by actions and build an underlying linear structure, through time, over the course of the film.
Line defines forms and shapes through the various mediums of my work. My large-scale sometimes site-specific sculptural work address several issues from painting and drawing such as the expression of two- and three-dimensionality and the relationship of perspective, light and shadow to our visual understanding.
Perception and its relationship to states of mind and feeling are the subject matter of my work. My goal is to shift our perspective of common experience and bring attention to the experience of perceiving by undermining our expectations and challenging our assumptions. The work can be experienced like a magic act: offering surprise, laughter or inspiring wonder. It aims to celebrate the visual world while giving evidence to the unique nature of our experiences.
Artist Bio / CV
Anita Thacher is a New York-based visual artist known for her multi-media installations, paintings, sculptures, prints, films, and public art works. The broad range of her work has been shown here and abroad, notably at The Whitney Museum of American Art, (American Century 1950-1999) and (The Color of Ritual, the Color of Thought: Women Avant-garde Filmmakers in America 1930 - 2000), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Biennial, P.S. 1, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, The New York Film Festival, The Sculpture Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.
A retrospective of her films and installations along with a commissioned site-specific installation was presented at the Thirtieth Internationale Festival di Femme, Florence, Italy, 2008. She is the 2007 recipient of the New York Women in Film and Television Preservation Fund Grant for her film, Homage to Magritte and the 2010 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.
Thacher is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, former member of its Board and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow.
The New School, BA English Literature
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture Millennium Film School
Selected Grants and Awards:
National Endowment for the Arts (four grants)
New York State Council on the Arts (five grants)
American Film Institute
French Minister of Culture Award
Martin E. Segal Award of Lincoln Center (first recipient)
Cine Golden Eagle (two awards)
Mitchell A. Wilder Award
28th Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque MacDowell Colony Fellow and Board Member
Civitella Ranieri Fellow
Selected Public Collections:
City of Houston Art Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Neuberger Museum, SUNY, Purchase
Berlin Film Archives
Musee des Beaux Arts, Belgium Chicago Art Institute
Institute for the Arts, Rice Museum, Houston
Zimmerli Art Museum’s Rutgers Archives of Prints
South Caroline Art Institute, Columbia