JUDY WATSON 'TOW ROW' 2016
Through the Gallery's Queensland Indigenous Artist Public Art Commission, Judy Watson has been selected to create a major public artwork to be positioned adjacent to the entry of Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) – a highlight in the program celebrating GOMA turning ten in 2016.
The artwork will make a significant addition to the memorable public works already situated in Brisbane's Cultural Precinct, and is a potent reminder of the ongoing role that Queensland's Indigenous artists play in telling their own stories and in the greater cultural life of this country.
Judy Watson's bronze sculpture is inspired by the traditional woven fishing nets of south-east Queensland's Aboriginal communities. Based on an everyday object that was an integral tool in the lives of people who fished the banks of Brisbane River and Maiwar Green, the artwork references the land on which it will sit, and acknowledges the traditional owners of the site and the wider region.
Judy Watson was born in 1959 in Mundubbera, Queensland. Her Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanyi country in north-west Queensland. Watson lives and works in Brisbane and has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Australia Council Visual Arts Award and her work is held in all Australian State Art Galleries and international collections including Taipei Fine Arts Museum; St Louis Art Museum USA; The British Museum, London; Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK; Library of Congress, Washington, USA; Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, USA; and important private collections.
The Gallery is working with Judy Watson to realise the artwork for the corner of the Maiwar Green adjacent to GOMA's main entrance to be revealed on Friday 2 December 2016.