sacred ground, beating heart: works on paper by Judy Watson 1990 - 2003 presents works produced over the last fifteen years focusing on Judy Watson's highly personal vision of the land - her country- the physical and conceptual framework.
The exhibition is selected from the first survey exhibition of her work curated by Ted Snell for Curtin University in 2003. Judy Watson's work is important for Australians, particularly at this time in our history as we move towards reconciling the past and preparing for a shared future built upon understanding and respect. Her work speaks eloquently of the suffering of Aboriginal Australians, the massacres, prejudice and disdain, while simultaneously evoking the dignity and achievements of Aboriginal people. A contemporary artist, she bridges both cultures and works in the space between to create a powerful image of reconciliation and understanding.
Watson offers us a rich landscape to explore in images that document her connections with her grandmother's country, her travels through other countries and her exploration of the country of the body.
Tour Dates 2005
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum: 9 June - 9 July
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery: 13 July - 20 August
Muswellbrook Arts Centre: 9 September - 16 October
University Art Museum, University of Qld: 9 November - 6 February
Tour Dates 2006
Redcliffe City Gallery: 15 February - 11 March
Umbrella Studios, Townsville: 7 April - 7 May
Mt Isa Civic Centre: 13 May - 9 June
Cooloola Shire Public Gallery, Gympie: 28 June - 6 August
Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland: 24 September - 23 October
Tandanya, Adelaide: 11 November - 11 February 2007
Tour Dates 2007
University of the Sunshine Coast: 1 March - 31 March