ARTPIL Profiles of the Arts
The Fabric of Fantasy: Jenny Watson
Through Mar 4, 2018 / Heide Museum

Jenny Watson / Self Portrait as a Narcotic

Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Curated by MCA Curator Anna Davis this survey exhibition features works from the 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings, and a number of key series of works on fabric.

 

Jenny Watson / Rock Star (detail)

Jenny Watson, Unknown / Sleeping Beauty

Jenny Watson / Self Portrait in a NY Taxi

Inspired by both punk and feminism, Watson’s work uses distilled imagery and abbreviated text to create an intimate interior world. She has travelled widely since the 1970s and employs textiles collected on her travels as the surface for many of her paintings, which also often include collaged materials such as images from magazines, horse’s hair, ribbons, bows and sequins. Many of Watson’s works feature self-portraits and alter egos, a cast of longhaired women, horses, ballerinas, rock guitarists and cats, who enact life’s ongoing psychodramas.

 

Jenny Watson / Three Graces

Jenny Watson / The Horse Hospital

Jenny Watson / Cyclone Fence with Great Dane

Intertwining autobiography and fiction, her work incorporates a diary-like voice that is delivered with deadpan wit and seems to relay the everyday experiences, dreams and desires of a self-proclaimed suburban girl. The relationship between text and image is central to her work, which frequently includes a small panel of hand painted text that sits alongside a larger image, undercutting or changing its meaning.

 

The Fabric of Fantasy: Jenny Watson
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Through March 4, 2018
For more information please visit the exhibition page >

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The Fabric of Fantasy: Jenny Watson
Through Mar 4, 2018 / Heide Museum

Jenny Watson / Self Portrait as a Narcotic

Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Curated by MCA Curator Anna Davis this survey exhibition features works from the 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings, and a number of key series of works on fabric.

 

Jenny Watson / Rock Star (detail)

Jenny Watson, Unknown / Sleeping Beauty

Jenny Watson / Self Portrait in a NY Taxi

Inspired by both punk and feminism, Watson’s work uses distilled imagery and abbreviated text to create an intimate interior world. She has travelled widely since the 1970s and employs textiles collected on her travels as the surface for many of her paintings, which also often include collaged materials such as images from magazines, horse’s hair, ribbons, bows and sequins. Many of Watson’s works feature self-portraits and alter egos, a cast of longhaired women, horses, ballerinas, rock guitarists and cats, who enact life’s ongoing psychodramas.

 

Jenny Watson / Three Graces

Jenny Watson / The Horse Hospital

Jenny Watson / Cyclone Fence with Great Dane

Intertwining autobiography and fiction, her work incorporates a diary-like voice that is delivered with deadpan wit and seems to relay the everyday experiences, dreams and desires of a self-proclaimed suburban girl. The relationship between text and image is central to her work, which frequently includes a small panel of hand painted text that sits alongside a larger image, undercutting or changing its meaning.

 

The Fabric of Fantasy: Jenny Watson
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Through March 4, 2018
For more information please visit the exhibition page >