5th February – 7th March 2009
Anna Schwartz Gallery
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