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Rebecca Holden - Retold: Paintings from the Grimm Project


Wed 25 Nov 2015, 9:30am–4:00pm
Thu 26 Nov 2015, 9:30am–4:00pm
Fri 27 Nov 2015, 9:30am–4:00pm
Sat 28 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 29 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Lake House Arts Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Lake House Arts

Retold is part of artist Rebecca Holden’s larger artistic undertaking, The Grimm Project. As in the well-known fairy tales, themes of right and wrong, good and tyranny are woven into her artistic practice. You are invited into the narrative through the combination of different painterly techniques, from sketchy drawings to overlapping layers of thickly painted colour.

A series of chance encounters formed the impetus behind this project – the discovery of the Brothers Grimm museum in Kassel, Germany; an unexpected visit to their gravesite in Schöneberg, Berlin; a chance introduction a year or so later to Phillip Pullman's collection of fairy tales, ‘Grimm Tales for Young and Old’. These encounters fuelled what Holden called The Grimm Project and led to the creation of a group of painted works that interpret tales from Pullman's collection.

For these works, Holden wanted to further encourage the idea of chance, which was so instrumental in the project’s inception. Via social media she invited others to give her two things: a number between a given range and a photo of a favourite landscape. Holden used the number supplied to select a tale from the corresponding page in Pullman's book, which she would then visually interpret through painting. The landscape photo given was used to influence her colour palette.

“This compelled me to work outside of my favoured palette and be more experimental with the use of colour,” explains Holden. “Rather than simply illustrating the main plot of the stories, I felt I wanted to be receptive to the elements of the story that most strongly resonated with me, those that appealed (or appalled), and to allow for everyday influences to weave their way through.”

Artists Talk: Sunday 29th November at 11am - all welcome!!

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