In the work of the Australian Jenny Watson (°1951) autobiography and fiction are intertwined. A mix of everyday desires, dreams and experiences, with images from the punk scene and feminist concerns. Many of Watson's works show self-portraits or alter egos. A scene of long-haired women, horses, ballerinas, rock guitarists and cats, performing the constant tragedy of life. A combination of images and lyrics, in which Watson creates an intimate inner universe. The relationship between text and image is central in her work, in many cases a small panel of hand-painted text that is placed next to a larger image and undermines the meaning of that image. Since the seventies of the previous century she travelled a lot. Textiles that she collected during these journeys, together with images from magazines, horsehairs, ribbons and bows, are used in her paintings.
In 1993 Watson represented Australia at the 45th Venice Biennale. In 2017, a large survey of her work was organized at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne.
On 27 January the exhibition Fringe opens at the Museum Dhondt Dhaenens. This exhibition brings together works by Jenny Watson, Saskia Pintelon and William N. Copley (1919 - 1996).
- KASK lectures in co-operation with Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
- Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent, free