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Title

red tides

1997

Artist

Judy Watson

Australia

1959 -

Language group

Waanyi, Gulf region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Queensland Australia
    Date
    1997
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    pigment and pastel on canvas
    Dimensions
    186.0 x 120.0 cm
    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 1999
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    100.1999
    Copyright
    © Judy Watson. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • About

    The title comes from newspaper reports of red algae blooms appearing in Sydney Harbour because of too much nitrogen in the water. Watson associated the deadly red blooms with whaling and the sites of Aboriginal massacres where the waters turned red with blood. The work was created for the 1997 Biennale in Venice, another water city where the 'sound of the water is everywhere, especially at high tide, you can hear the waves against the buildings, licking history away'. Her work is about 'memories washing over me', whether the tidal flow of stories from her grandmother's country in Queensland or the history of her Sydney Harbour home - the recurring wash of private and public memory.

    Peter Emmett, 'Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour', 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Queensland

  • Audio

    red tides - Judy Watson 1:41

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

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