On this page you will find tools and strategies to help you engage with the work of Jenny Watson, one of Australia’s most important painters. Watson’s work uses a deliberately child-like punk aesthetic and recurring symbolic motifs to explore ideas of autobiography, feminism and language. Step into Watson’s rich inner world through the activities and conversations featured below.
These resources could be used in conjunction with a visit to the exhibition Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy but also designed to be used by students anywhere, who can engage with Jenny Watson’s works and practices online.
These resources can be viewed online or downloaded and include activities, an Encounter slideshow and links to primary sources for use in the classroom or for self-guided learning. These activities can be done on their own or in combination and in any order.
For more information about MCA digital learning resources check our how-to page.
Engage with themes and ideas from the exhibition Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy. View the Encounter directly in the browser or download the PowerPoint or PDF versions. Teachers notes are also available.
I turned from the observation of the outside world to the recording of an inner space… I wanted to shatter the techniques I had learnt… to let a random uncontrollableness take hold of the work.
Jenny Watson in Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2017, p.16
Create a series of quick drawings that imagine different versions of yourself.View More
In this activity, explore how patterns carry their own meaning and can change how we understand an image.View More
Playfully combine text and image to explore how words can change and create new meanings.View More