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Jenny Watson: exhibition views

2017 MCA, Sydney > 2 October 2017


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 late 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson's early realist paintings and drawings, and a number of key series of works on fabric.

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. 

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.

Curator Anna Davis & Jenny Watson

opening speech by Rachel Griffiths

 

2016

 

Garden of Eden & Child's Play, Transit 2014

 

 

D.Art, Mechelen 2014

 

 

American Idyll, Transit 2009

Jenny Watson

Jenny Watson

Jenny Watson

 

 

Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany, 2009

Jenny Watson in Rosenheim 2009

Jenny Watson in Rosenheim 2009

Jenny Watson in Rosenheim 2009

Jenny Watson in Rosenheim 2009

Jenny Watson in Rosenheim 2009

 

Factory Kunsthalle Krems, Austria, 2009

Jenny Watson in Krems 2009

Jenny Watson in Krems 2009

Jenny Watson in Krems 2009

Jenny Watson in Krems 2009

Jenny Watson in Krems 2009

Jenny Watson in Krems 2009

Jenny Watson in Krems 2009

 

Vintage Paintings , Transit Mechelen, 2006

Watson

Watson

Watson

 

Shrinksville

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Watson