04 May – 04 Jun 2022
In The Studio, Julia Holderness uses her research and practice-based approach to explore the history of an all-woman art studio and exhibiting space in Ōtepoti Dunedin that was shared by Doris Lusk, Anne Hamblett and Mollie Lawn (1939-40). Considering the ‘group studio’ as a site of practice, shared resources and social connection, Holderness extends this narrative by imagining historical artist Florence Weir’s possible interactions in this context. Works by contemporary artists Julia Holden, Kirstin Carlin, Richard Orjis and Tatyanna Meharry further explore the possible influences of this collective environment.
Julia Holderness completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in 2002 and an Honours in Visual Arts from AUT University in 2015. She is nearing completion of a Visual Arts PhD in practice-led research at AUT University. Titled Ever Present Archiving: methodologies for art histories through invention, fabrication and social practice, Julia explores archives and their construction of art-historical narratives. Her practice and outputs are often collaborative and she works alongside both historic and current artists. In creating narratives that might or might not have existed – encompassing artists, groups, movements, and exhibitions – her research practice deliberates on the role of fiction in both the collection and interpretation of material histories. She critiques traditionally held divides between art historical scholarship and artistic fabrication. Through the use of invented personae, artworks and exhibitions, Holderness traces alternative histories of modernism in New Zealand.
Julia was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship and won the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award in 2016. The Studiowas developed for Dunedin Public Art Gallery in 2021. Other projects include Florence & Florence: Other Textile Histories which was presented at Ilam Campus Gallery in 2018 and Gallery 91 for SCAPE 2017. This is Julia’s second show at The National. Her final PhD exhibition will be presented at ST Paul St Gallery later this month.