From the Hunter Valley, NSW, Katrina Holden finds the local landscape informs her work in the context of mnemonic references archived throughout her childhood and now translated onto canvas. She is particularly interested in the application of paint and expressive mark making for its ability to capture the feeling of the landscape rather then creating an exact representation of it, and is currently working on her honours thesis Expanded Thinking: Painting through displacement.
Her expressive landscape paintings engage with erasure through their process. She rubs back and wipes away elements of the works until they are finally resolved. Paint
is wiped across the surface of the canvas in broad swathes and also left to dribble down the canvas in thin furrows. This wiping away creates a soft, muted atmospheric effect which links the individual works. Another thread that runs through her work, as well
as in the broader exhibition, is one through which erasure is related to the landscape and broader environmental issues.
Katrina Holden completed her Bachelor
of Fine Art (Painting) at the University of Newcastle in 2017 after spending a month in Rome at the Institute of European Design.