Jenny Watson
Works made in Sri Lanka

Works made in Sri Lanka
, 2006
Installation view
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I have explored a personal interior since the early 1980’s. I have used travel as a kind of Aladdin’s cave in terms of sourcing local fabrics. There is a cultural quotient in these fabrics outside the world of department stores; particularly in the negotiation, the colours and the actual purpose they were imagined for. These works were inspired by a month’s residency in Sri Lanka at an art foundation six hours north of Colombo and six weeks prior to the Tsunami. It is with pleasure I now present them at Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Jenny Watson

Over the past thirty years Jenny Watson has honed her personal iconography. Through her paintings we are offered a lexicon of horses, pets, friends, found phrases and everyday ephemera, together building a selective representations of the artist. Each work can be read as a conjunction of its textual and visual motifs, together with its title, but also in reference to her preceding body of work. The interrelation of these different elements in Watson’s work is not arbitrary. Rather, they are connected much as different elements in our lives are, at times strongly inter-related yet at other times connections can be fleeting or fragmentary.

Jenny Watson

Elephant
, 2005
acrylic on Chinese organza, over Sri Lankan cotton; framed gouaches on Sri Lankan children's papers; acrylic on canvas
160 x 141 cm, 5 works 37 x 61.7 cm each, 6 works 7.5 x 10 cm each

Jenny Watson

Columbo street life
, 2005
acrylic on prepared canvas panels; acrylic on rabbit skin glue on primed Chinese organza over Sri Lankan cotton
30 x 25 cm, two works 25 x 30 cm each, 64.4 x 83 cm, 75 81.3 cm, 54.5 x 72 cm, 77 x 139 cm

Jenny Watson

I want Kandy
, 2005
Acrylic on Chinese organza over Sri Lankan cotton; framed oil on pre-primed canvas
78 x 141 cm, 30 works 34.2 x 41.5 cm each