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Jenny Watson: Paintings with Veils and False Tails

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


22 Jun 1994 to 21 Aug 1994

Guest Curator: Judy Annear

About The Exhibition

Painter Jenny Watson was chosen to represent Australia at the 1993 Venice Biennale with this exhibition, curated by Judy Annear.

In Paintings with Veils and False Tails, Jenny Watson painted over taffeta and red velvet and then added veiling, horse tails and sequins. Her choice of materials was as evocative as her subject matter – the rich red velvet was redolent of a long outmoded aristocracy, while the taffeta and veiling recalled the weddings and parties of the painter’s youth during the 1950s and 1960s. Each aspect of Watson’s work, whether material, conceptual or imaginative, contained both personal and social meaning.

Watson has stated that ‘the mute function of painting’ interests her; the depiction of the elusive sense of memory, touch and feeling, the dreams, nightmares, desires and fears of the individual which, despite their elusiveness, are connected to the collective unconscious.