Judy Watson shows in Washington DC - Art Collector

21 September 2011 | Judy Watson is currently exhibiting at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. It is her first solo exhibition in the United States.

Born in Mundubbera in Queensland in 1959, Watson’s work often references her grandmother’s country around Riversleigh Station in north-west Queensland and her evocative paintings convey the beauty of this unique terrain.

She mixes Aboriginal history, elements of her family's past, government documents and everyday objects to provide a glimpse of how Aboriginal people lived and were perceived in the first half of the 20th century. Recently she has also looked to scientific climate research for inspiration.

Waterline features 10 paintings completed this year, including a painting cyclone Yasi which caused widespread damage to Queensland towns in February 2011. In this work, Watson emulates the aerial perspective of satellite imagery to show the anatomy of a tropical cyclone with its deadly eye, ring of towering storm clouds and surrounding spiralling rain bands.

The exhibition runs from 29 September to 12 November 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Judy Watson, Cyclone yasi, 2011. Acrylic and pencil on canvas, 212 x 156.5cm. Courtesy: the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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