Claire Anna Watson
Claire Anna Watson is a Melbourne based artist, curator, and arts writer. She creates installations, photography and video-based artwork, and has devised public art projects for the shores of the Black Sea in Turkey, a forest in Finland, the rural plains of Portugal and the snowfields of Australia. She has presented her works nationally and internationally and has been awarded international residencies that have culminated in major public art works. Solo exhibitions have been presented at Brenda May Gallery in 2015, Gippsland Art Gallery and BLINDSIDE in 2011 and Counihan Gallery in 2008. Group exhibitions include ‘Cornucopia’, Shepparton Art Museum;‘Role Play’ at Sydney Contemporary ‘Video Platform’ Art Stage Singapore; the NETS Victoria touring exhibition ‘Made to Last’; and ‘FEAST: Pleasure + Hunger + Ritual’ at Lexington Art League, USA. Watson holds a Master of Fine Art from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Public Art from RMIT University.
HD video, sound, 9 minutes 10 seconds, 2015, Edition of 4
My practice relates to contemporary culture and its relationship to foodstuffs and the impact of scientific interventions on the natural world. Ephemeral matter is the medium for manipulation and experimentation. Enucleation I is an absurdist interrogation of medical science and the anatomy of lollies. Through the simple procedure of dissecting a lolly, the visceral associations of science are explored at a corporeal level. With each procedure, I increase my understanding of the world around me. For me, it is a process of discovery that is both exhilarating and inane.