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Title

Internal landscape


Artist

Judy Watson

Australia

1959 -

Language group

Waanyi, Gulf region


About

"The gold powder came from the workshop crew in the Art Gallery of NSW. They gave me some of this powder to try, which I did. The white patterning was done by dipping a large house painting brush in some mixed up white pigment, acrylic binder medium and water and looping it over the canvas allowing the watery paint to settle on the surface of the canvas, like icing a cake.... The spear is one I drew from the collection of the Qld museum. It came from Riversleigh Station, where my Grandmother was born in 1912. When Julie Nimmo was making the film 'Songlines to the Seine' we went into the Qld museum and looked at some objects in the collection. I saw this same spear again, it was like meeting up with an old friend, I was interested to see if it had changed from how I had remembered it. The circles are like the circle constellation points I use now to hold the gaze and travel it across the canvas, but in this case they are more button / shell like. I used to use the arch / icon form a lot in previous works, with female forms appearing within them. sometimes I would just use the arch, sentinel like, on its own.

There were burial chambers that I saw in our area, this references them in a way, like a spirit form within the rock chamber.
I just had another look at this work. I used the button like forms to pin the work down in a way, like holding it in place, pinning it out. I remember thinking they were a bit like ears, listening devices, speakers...."

Judy Watson 2008


Details


Place where the work was made

Queensland Australia


Date

1993


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint, gold leaf on canvas


Dimensions

189.5 x 127.3 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

216.1994


Artist information

Judy Watson

Works in the collection

14


Place

Where the work was made
Queensland

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Victoria Lynn (Editor), Australian Perspecta 1993, Sydney, 1993, 90.