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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson
– The Fabric of Fantasy

– When

5 July-2 October 2017

Mon-Tue10-5pm
Wed10-9pm
Thu-Sun10-5pm

– Admission

Free

5 July – 2 October 2017

Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Curated by MCA Curator Anna Davis this survey exhibition features works from the 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings, and a number of key series of works on fabric.

Inspired by both punk and feminism, Watson’s work uses distilled imagery and abbreviated text to create an intimate interior world. She has travelled widely since the 1970s and employs textiles collected on her travels as the surface for many of her paintings, which also often include collaged materials such as images from magazines, horse’s hair, ribbons, bows and sequins. Many of Watson’s works feature self-portraits and alter egos, a cast of longhaired women, horses, ballerinas, rock guitarists and cats, who enact life’s ongoing psychodramas.

Intertwining autobiography and fiction, her work incorporates a diary-like voice that is delivered with deadpan wit and seems to relay the everyday experiences, dreams and desires of a self-proclaimed suburban girl. The relationship between text and image is central to her work, which frequently includes a small panel of hand painted text that sits alongside a larger image, undercutting or changing its meaning.

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Get more from your visit:

Free guided tours

Tour the exhibition with our volunteer guides and discover art, artists and their hidden stories, free tours of Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy run daily.

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Audio Tours

Listen to audio tours led by the artist, curator and our Young Guides during your visit. Download our free app, available for Android and iPhone.

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Spotify Playlist

Soundtrack your exhibition experience with some of the tunes that have inspired Jenny Watson across her career. Perfect for before, during or after your visit.

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Learning Resources

Find activities, an Encounter slideshow and links to primary sources focusing on Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy for use in the classroom or for self-guided learning.

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Exhibition Catalogue

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