Mountain Shadows and Water Colours
18 Aug – 05 Sep 2020
In Mountain Shadows and Water Colours Emma Fitts weaves together histories and techniques found in the construction of TuTa futurist overalls, Frances Hodgkins postwar watercolours, the invention of the Bias cut, and the landscape of Crater Rim, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Emma Fitts’ work draws on research into alternate histories, using ideas across the disciplines of art, biography, architecture, textiles and a broader social context as integral elements to her work. Most recently her work has been informed by the histories of women who were overlooked or under-represented in the traditional archive. With a focus on the tactile Emma offers an alternative approach to that of a traditional historian and one that stresses affect, emotion and feeling.
Emma completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in 2002 and a Master of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Her individual practice and collaborative work as Fitts & Holderness and Victor & Hester, has seen her participate in exhibitions and residencies both nationally and internationally. Fitts returned to Christchurch in 2014 as the Olivia Spencer Bower awardee, was a McCahon House resident for winner 2018 and most recently completed Fulbright-Wallace residency at The Headlands Center of Art, California, USA in 2019.