Works made in Sri Lanka
4th – 27th May 2006
Anna Schwartz Gallery
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.
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.