Jenny Watson

Jenny Watson
, 2009
Installation view
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Paintings on plain and printed fabrics sourced on her travels continue Jenny Watson’s fascination with the eloquence of found “non-art”materials and her language of personal, psychological imagery.

This exhibition, painted in India, combines images and text to offer a poetry of found phrases, memories and reflections: Jenny’s closely observed experiences which find a resonant commonality…

Working “out of a suitcase” has been a way to combine travel and make
work for quite some time now. Although it sounds  wild and carefree,
it requires extreme preparation.

These fabrics were sourced early in 2008 from a friend in Thailand
and some I found in Hong Kong.  The “watercolor” paper is actually
Chinese wrapping paper.

The fabrics are thinly glued to make them rollable and
foldable. The extra “piece” that I use, whether it be a  text panel, a
toy, a vintage ceramic or a veil of organza, has to be sourced on the
trip. It must be a discovery that is part of the adventure.

In this case, walking through a bazaar in the early evening in Bombay,
many of the sari shops were too orthodox and conservative, with
(understandably!) very little “see through” fabric. A guide called
Bobby led me to a tiny shop, 4′ wide, stacked to the rafters with
every kind of fabric length you could imagine. I tentatively
investigated one, a pastel silk pashmina, close to the proportions I
like to work with.  “That’s it!”.  A lightbulb went off in my head,
and I greedily chose the 8 I would use, having a blueprint of the
colour requirements in my mind.

The draping of the pieces, the tucking, the sewing, the just plain
hanging over the diverse but connected range of images has made a
happy resolution to this series of paintings.

J.W. 2009

Jenny Watson

A beautiful day in Delhi
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed Chinese cotton and silk
102 x 93.5 cm; 97 x 97 cm

Jenny Watson

After a fashion
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed Japanese cotton and silk pashmina
110 x 86 cm; 184 x 105 cm

Jenny Watson

After a fashion, with bag
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed Thai cotton and silk pashmina

82 x 94 cm; 179 x 130 cm

Jenny Watson

Deep freeze
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed Japanese cotton and silk pashmina
109 x 66.5; 144 x 140 cm

Jenny Watson

Hung on you
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed Chinese cotton and silk pashmina
101 x 79 cm; 42.5 x 37.5 cm

Jenny Watson

Kind of a drag
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed Chinese cotton and silk pashmina

96 x 103 cm; 123 x 94.5 cm

Jenny Watson

Something shining + beautiful at the bottom of the ocean
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue, primed Thai cotton and silk, paper, sewing ribbon, cardboard cut out and silk pashmina
81 x 77 cm; 187 x 105.5 cm

Jenny Watson

Stand alone
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed Japanese cotton and silk pashmina
87 x 104.5 cm; 122 x 75 cm

Jenny Watson

A beautiful day in Delhi
, 2008
Acrylic on Chinese wrapping paper
67 x 67 cm

Jenny Watson

After a fashion
, 2008
Acrylic on Chinese wrapping paper
67 x 67 cm

Jenny Watson

After a fashion, with bag
, 2008
Acrylic on Chinese wrapping paper
67 x 67 cm

Jenny Watson

Hung on you
, 2008
Acrylic on Chinese wrapping paper
67 x 67 cm

Jenny Watson

Kind of a drag
, 2008
Acrylic on Chinese wrapping paper
67 x 67 cm

Jenny Watson

Something shining + beautiful at the bottom of the ocean
, 2008
Acrylic on Chinese wrapping paper
67 x 67 cm

Jenny Watson

Deep freeze
, 2008
Acrylic on Chinese wrapping paper
67 x 67 cm
Stand alone
, 2008
Acrylic on Chinese wrapping paper
67 x 67 cm