Judy Watson: Blood Language

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Miegunyah Press, 2009 - Art - 238 pages
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Judy Watson is one of Australia's leading contemporary artists. Her art explores territory that includes the dispossessed Indigenous Australians with whom she shares a family history and heritage. Judy Watson's art is intense and sublime in its physicality. blood language is a beautifully illustrated pictorial exploration of some of Judy Watson's seminal canvases, works on paper, sculptural projects and artist's books. Judy Watson imparts the artist's ideas and writer Louise Martin-Chew gives another insight into the artist's practice. Water, skin, poison, dust and blood, ochre, bones and driftnet are defining themes in an empathetic art that seeks to find a broader geography of belonging. Watson creates highly sophisticated works of beauty that are subtly political and intensely personal.

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Judy Watsonæis a recipient of several major contemporary art awards, including the MoÔt & Chandon Fellowship andæthe National Gallery of Victoria's Clemenger Award. In 2006, two of her works were permanently installed within the architectural fabric of the Mus_e du Quai Branly in Paris. Louise Martin-Chew is a former editor of Art and Australia magazine and a regular contributor to the Australian and other national art magazines, catalogs, and books. She is the coauthor of The Heart of Everything: The Art and Artists of Bentinck and Mornington Islands.

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