Drawing has always been central to Janet Dawson's oeuvre. An influential figure in Australian abstraction in the 1960s, her work was included in the NGV's landmark exhibition 'The field' in 1968. However her work became more figurative in the early 1970s, with a close focus upon drawing the natural world - plants, animals and landscape, which reflected the life she and her husband Michael Boddy lead as organic farmers in rural NSW. 'Scribble rock' is the name of their property near Binalong.
'Scribble rock pomegranates' is a joyous and lyrical study of pomegranates scattered casually on a table. The pastel expressively evokes the fleshy shapes and glossy seeds of the fruit, contrasted with the thick newspapers and plastic bags that contained them. Dawson's interest in the metaphorical aspects of still life are expressed in the images of the fruit at various stages of their life cycle.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1999
diptych: pastel on paper
32.5 x 79.5 cm sight; 56.8 x 120.5 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Janet Dawson 1999".
Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 1999
Not on display
© Janet Dawson. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
Shown in 1 exhibition
Seventh International Works on Paper Fair Sydney, Fox Studios, 22 Jul 1999–25 Jul 1999
Referenced in 1 publication
Gary Cantalano, Art and Australia (Vol. 34, No. 3), "A natural history: an interview with Janet Dawson", pg. 332-341, Roseville, Jan 1997-Mar 1997, 332 - 341. Note that this is a general reference of the works of Dawson and does not directly refer to this drawing.