Jen­ny Watson
Lay­er­ings

22nd March – 5th May 2012
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Lay­er­ings’ express­es Jen­ny Wat­son’s char­ac­ter­is­tic vignettes; her inti­mate but uni­ver­sal per­son­al expe­ri­ences; the strug­gles of life abroad from home; the small tri­umphs of social inter­ac­tion and the anx­i­ety of voca­tion. Paint­ed on col­lec­tions of tex­tiles acquired dur­ing her trav­els, Wat­son’s dif­fuse, min­i­mal images con­vey frag­ments of per­son­al­i­ty between opaque and trans­par­ent lay­ers of fab­ric. The par­tial nar­ra­tives played out by Wat­son’s eco­nom­i­cal­ly-ren­dered fig­ures float between rich­ly-tex­tured chif­fons and organ­zas. With a light hand and inci­sive wit, Wat­son imbues moments of the every­day with a cin­e­mat­ic qual­i­ty, giv­ing poet­ic expres­sion to the minor dra­mas of ordi­nary life.

Images

Jen­ny Watson

Rooftop Par­ty, 2012
Acrylic on rab­bit skin glue-primed cesarine, organ­za over­lay; Liq­ui­tex acrylic on canvas
10260 cm, 2722 cm

Jen­ny Watson

Shop­ping Day, 2012
81.581.5 cm, 2722 cm

Jen­ny Watson

A Play­boy Bun­ny (in green), 2011
Acrylic on rab­bit skin glue-primed Malaysian silk, organ­za layering
141102 cm

Jen­ny Watson

Blue Day, 2012
Acrylic on rab­bit skin glue-primed Malaysian chif­fon over cot­ton, organ­za overlay
14181 cm

Jen­ny Watson

Dress Blow­ing (Mar­i­lyn Monroe), 2011
Acrylic on rab­bit skin glue-primed sequinned Malaysian chif­fon over cot­ton, organ­za overlay
14182 cm

Jen­ny Watson

Eliz­a­beth Tay­lor in But­ter­field 8” on But­ter­cup Yellow, 2011
Liq­ui­tex acrylic on silk, organ­za over­lay, shan­tung bow
14181 cm

Jen­ny Watson

In the Pink (high end under­wear fash­ion parade), 2011
Acrylic on rab­bit skin glue-primed sequinned organ­za over antique French silk, organ­za overlay
14181 cm

Jen­ny Watson

Rid­er and Bel­ly Dancer (Char­treuse), 2011
acrylic on rab­bit skin glue-primed jew­elled and embroi­dered Malaysian chif­fon, organ­za over­lay, plas­tic mod­el on plas­tic shelf
141102 cm

Jen­ny Watson

Tall Tree, 2011
Acrylic on rab­bit skin glue-primed Malaysian sequined chif­fon over cot­ton, organ­za overlay
141102 cm

Jen­ny Watson

Self Por­trait on a Mar­shall Amp, 2011
acrylic on cor­duroy, organ­za over­lay; Liq­ui­tex acrylic on canvas
10281 cm; 2722 cm