Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Hiding In Full View

An exhibition of paintings and prints by Scottish artist Alison Watt opens at the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh next month.  And I am doubly excited because this new series of work by Watt took 'indirect' inspiration from the incredible photographs of Francesca Woodman.

Alison Watt

Over the past fifteen years, Watt's paintings have 'edged towards abstraction, painting swathes of fabric suggestive of both a human presence and absence.'

Alison Watt

Alison Watt

Then last year, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence commissioned Watt to create a piece of work for their collection of self-portraits by women artists. And it was this idea of the self portrait that turned Watt's attention to the work of Francesca Woodman and in particular to Woodman's 'Angel' photograph.

Francesca Woodman's

Much of my work is about  the  transformation of an object into an idea, and in  the process of painting  the work for the Uffizi  I found myself looking closely at the photographs of Francesca Woodman. One of the  many things I found fascinating about Woodman’s work is her use of the object in her self-portraits, and how the two elements of self and object often merge.   If it was possible to create a painting that was difficult to identify and at the same time incredibly intimate, that was what I wanted to do.
- Alison Watt 
Alison Watt and her self-portrait

Both 'Angels' were hung side by side in the Uffizi Gallery's exhibition last year.

Alison Watt: Hiding In Full View
Ingleby Gallery
5 November 2011 - 28 January 2012

1 comment :

  1. Hard to imagine that your work would be that big you need a ladder to reach it! I like her abstracts of fabrics Lois ...



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