(Australia 1951– )
295.0 x 184.0 x 2.0cm stretcher
In her own words, Jenny Watson’s paintings are ‘urgent passionate spare necessary psychological simple’. The urgency comes from her desire to explore imagery drawn from interior demands, fears and fantasies and Watson paints in an
expressive faux-naïve way to spin modern tales of the self.
The title 'Wings of desire' refers to a 1987 Wim Wenders film about unseen angels above a divided city who are privy to human dramas. The film is an upbeat parable set in the soon-to-be unified Berlin, though in Watson’s painting the winged angel could be the artist herself, experiencing desire and yearning for experience like the angels in Wenders’s film, separated from human life.
Anthony Bond (England; Australia) (Commissioning Editor), Wayne Tunnicliffe (New Zealand; Australia) (Commissioning Editor), Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 2006, 242, 243 (colour illus.).
Melissa Keys (Australia) (Author), Brenda L Croft (Australia, b.1964) (Author), Heavenly creatures, Bulleen, 2004, 8, 29 (colour illus.), 31.
Jenny Watson, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 19 Jul 1989–05 Aug 1989.
Review - works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995.
Heavenly creatures, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 04 Dec 2004–20 Jan 2005.