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.
Having spent years painting on site, Holt became
increasingly familiar with the subtle nuances and intrinsic
character of the island, sensing a profound feeling of
absence and presence. Through the processes of painting 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.