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New Orleans Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Drawn to the Edge
1 Collins Diboll Circle
City Park
New Orleans, LA 70124

June 15th, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
June 15th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Whiskey Bay, Katie HoltenKatie Holten, Whiskey Bay
© Courtesy of the artist & New Orleans Museum of Art
United States
Tue-Thu 10-6; Fri 10-9; Sat-Sun 11-5

For her Great Hall Project Holten will create a series of large-scale drawings addressing her interest in the ever-evolving boundaries or “edges” between land and water. Having spent six weeks in New Orleans as part of A Studio in The Woods residency in early 2012, Holten’s drawings will reflect her research on the Mississippi River and the wetlands along the southern coast of Louisiana. Tracing shifting paths of sediment, Holten’s drawings outline paths of water in a map-like fashion, while at the same time acknowledging the shifting nature of these maps due to climate change and land management decisions. The drawings will be suspended from the ceiling of the Great Hall, manifesting Holten’s desire to translate two-dimensional drawings into a kind of three-dimensional sculpture. A great admirer of the author Rebecca Solnit, who Holten is working on drawings for her atlas project titled Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, Holten looks to Solnit’s concept that “Places are leaky containers…Something is always coming from elsewhere, whether it’s wind, water, immigrants, trade goods, or ideas….Every place deserves an atlas.”

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