A selection of individual works that form part of the
Two hundred and thirty-four moments - a sequence of
en plien- air paintings selected from a series of more
than four hundred works on paper Holt made between 2012
to 2016 as part of her PhD research project The Sensation
Based on Bruny Island, which is situated off the south-east
coast of Tasmania, the project explored the theoretical and
practical applications of painting an experience of place. Holt has
an ongoing interest in how the intensity and 'feeling' of different
environments can impact upon the senses, emotions and psychological
perception of a place. In particular, she examined how memory can
be imbued in the tactile and atmospheric aspects of a location,
focusing on painting Bruny Islands glorious light, along with the
feeling of a dark undercurrent that may stem from the islands
troubled colonial history.
Through extended periods of painting on site Holt identified the
sensation of an absence and presence island; a feeling of a dark
undercurrent that perhaps stems from the regions colonial
history. In the processes of painting (the trajectory of the
hand, the expressive and emotive qualities of mark making and
tactile properties of oil paint) Holt conveys a sensory response
to place that encapsulates what is both seen and felt in this
beautiful yet wild environment.
Each image approximately 16x17 cm, oil on paper, Total
installation approx. 1.4 m (H) x 19 meters (W).
Two hundred and thirty-four moments was exhibited at
the Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, July 2016. See
The Sensation of Place for images of the installation of
the completed work.