anita levering

artist statement

Anita Levering is interested in the elimination of artistic agency
in favour of a self organizing ideographic language,
going beyond the personal gestural act and expression.

natural processes in procedural-based art

Anita Levering’s painting-based research explores issues connected to chance and intentionality. Examining the unpredictability of external inputs in the creation of abstract paintings. This methodology allows freedom but also creates vulnerability, as the artist broaches issues of chance and intentionality to disperse and disrupt predictable patterns, behaviours, and knowledge. This is achieved through semi-controlled experiments utilising variables other than the artist’s brush and gesture.

Levering’s process of creation comes from a desire for detachment: a distancing of self that allows focus on natural transitional processes rather than the artist’s own propulsive force to generate form. The limitation of her own control is exercised to foster play and curiosity and to avoid formal intentions, subjective will, or desire for expression. This acceptance of transience references organic processes and accepts the natural cycle of growth and decay.

Levering employs painting as a self-referential medium, with paint usually applied as evenly as possible; minimising gesture and brush marks to avoid subjective action, and giving way to a systematic or rule-based manipulation of the medium. By eliminating artistic agency, the work becomes open to randomness and dissipation, but at the same time it allows for the creation of a universal symbolic and ideographic grammar in painting itself.

The works become the site of traces of an experience, displaying evidence of past autonomous material events. Levering refers to her paintings as data visualizations, they communicate data from something that is abstract or at least not immediately visible. These paintings do not ‘represent’ something but present the thing itself: a document of dialogue drawing out new connections in the viewer’s experience.


2011 - Second Runner up Paramount 20th Wallace Art Award - {link}
2010 - Gordon Harris Art Supply Prize for most meritorious painting work - {image}
2006 - Grant, Creative Communities, Auckland City Council

Finalist / Nominations

2015 - Finalist New Zealand Painting and printmaking Art Award - {link}
2013 - Finalist Estuary Artworks, group show, Uxbridge, Howick, Auckland - {image}
2011 - Walker and Hall art award, group show, Waiheke Community Gallery - {image}
2011 - Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award nominees show, Orex Gallery, Auckland - {image}
2009 - 23rd Waitakere Trust Art Awards, Corban Estate Art Centre, NZ
2009 - Walker and Hall art award, Waiheke Community Gallery, NZ


2010 - MFA, Elam School of Fine Art (Hons), Auckland University, New Zealand
1995 - MA IMM, Interactive Multi Media, Royal College of Art London cojoint with Utrecht School of Art
1989 - BA, Image & Media Technology, Utrecht School of Art, The Netherlands
1987 - BA, Fine Art, Amsterdam School of Art, The Netherlands


Sir James Wallace Art Trust
Julian and late Josie Robertson Collection
Ports of Napier
Private collections in New Zealand and overseas

© anita levering 2016