45 x 32 cm
This print shows an archetypal form concurrent with Watson's interest in the texture,
shape, meaning and history of the 'organic' and 'universal' as well as the particular -
namely her Indigenous heritage manifest through rock art, dendroglyphs and other types of
material culture. Watson is a highly accomplished printmaker in her own right. This is
clearly evident in the quality of line and shadow for this print image. The central motif
suggests a range of visual meanings - 'vessel' as woman/human/container and life journey.
The print was produced during Watson's painting lectureship at Charles Darwin University's
School of Art and Design.
Waanyi artist Judy Watson (b.1959) is one of Australia's leading contemporary artists who
has successfully negotiated the threshold between Indigenous and Euro-
Australian/international art. A graduate of Hobart's University of Tasmania, and Monash
University, Judy has held numerous solo exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas.
One of her many career highlights includes her selection for the Venice Biennale in 1997
('fluent', along with Emily Kngwarreye and Yvonne Koolmatrie) and winning the Moet &
Chandon Fellowship in 1995. Watson works in a variety of media, including major public
commissions, and includes large-scale zinc etchings (Museum of Victoria, 1999). In 2004
Watson was one of four artists selected for the major Contemporary Territory exhibition at
the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. Watson is a highly accomplished printmaker. Her
involvement with Northern Editions was largely while she was a painting lecturer at
Charles Darwin University and based near Darwin, NT. Watson is currently based in
Brisbane and continues to bring her iconic imagery to an increasingly appreciative