After a fashion, with bag, painting by Jenny Watson
After a fashion, with bag, painting by Jenny Watson.
2008-09, acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed cotton and silk Pashima, 82 x 94cm & 179 x 130cm. Ararat Regional Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the assistance of the Robert Salzer Foundation, 2012.
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Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Jenny Watson began painting on alternative materials such as hessian, velvet, cotton and taffeta in the 1980's. Her use of red velvet in her 1993 Venice Biennale exhibition is a notable example of the use of fabric in her painting practice. In her work the character of the fabric is never concealed, but instead contributes to the composition and brings what she calls a 'cultural quotient' to the work. The fabric featured in this artwork was purchased by the artist on a visit to India in 2008-09 and the image and text were painted there. The panel reads: "I was staying in a big, old fashioned hotel in India. There were birds, like crows, but bluer, and some of them were quite tame. These ones came down to the pool to drink and paddle, despite people sitting around."