Reflection in a muddy puddle

Jenny WATSON: artist

Not On Display

About the work

The artist as her own anti-heroine has been the main subject matter of Watson’s work since the early 1980s with highly personalised works that document her life. In the 1980s she made a break with the large, photorealistic paintings of her early career and began painting faux naive figures onto materials that were selected for their cultural significance, geographic origins and individual histories. Her deceptively simple works explore daily life, with a particular emphasis on women’s experiences, as well as her own subconscious reactions and interactions. This painting shows the artist contemplating her reflection in a pool with its narcissistic echo and refers back to the self-regarding themes of her two earlier paintings in the Collection, 18 (1992) and The Plane tree of memory (1986) (opposite) which evoke the concerns and accessories of her younger self.
Reflection in a muddy puddle
Artist/Maker and role
Jenny WATSON: artist
oil and mixed media on linen
250.0 x 141.0 cm
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Purchased through The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2014, with the generous donations of: Linda Savage, Susan Adler, Lisa Baker, Tracy Blake, Karen Brown, Catherine Cole, Susan Cullen, Elaine Featherby, Lisa Fini, Alison Gaines, Kathleen Hardie, Anne Holt, Gillian Johnson, Carmen La Cava, Heather Lyons, Joanne Motteram, Susan Pass, Lisa Telford, Clare Thompson
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the paintings in our collection.