Judy Watson

Australian indigenous art has a broad reputation as being innovative; but few artists are as intriguing as Judy Watson. While her work takes its inspiration from the land and traditions of the Waanyi culture, Watson distils her distinctive stained canvases into poetic abstractions that have the power to speak to all.

Margie West comments: “Even though the messages in her work are often tough, they are conveyed in an almost subliminal and subtle way, to be discovered in the layering of the surface and the imagery that floats mirage-like on it.”

Judy Watson memory scars, dreams and gardens exhibition 13 November to 12 December presented in the gallery and via the online viewing space.

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Judy Watson ‘memory scars, dreams and gardens’ 2020 exhibition installation photograph by Andrew Curtis
Judy Watson ‘memory scars, dreams and gardens’ exhibition 2020 installation photograph by Andrew Curtis
stitch detail – ‘memory scar, finger lime, root, casuarina and yeronga studio found object’ 2020
stitch detail – ‘memory scar, finger lime, root, casuarina and yeronga studio found object’ 2020
Judy Watson ‘memory scars, dreams and gardens’ exhibition 2020 installation photograph by Andrew Curtis
Judy Watson ‘memory scars, dreams and gardens’ exhibition 2020 installation photograph by Andrew Curtis
Judy Watson ‘memory scars, dreams and gardens’ exhibition 2020 installation photograph by Andrew Curtis
Judy Watson ‘memory scar with banksia leaves’ 2020, indigo, acrylic, graphite and linen thread on canvas, 224 x 180 cm