UQ Art Museum

current exhibitions

Judy Watson
Saturday, 18 August, 2018 to Saturday, 24 November, 2018

Judy Watson (1959 - )
experimental beds 1 2012
etching with chine-collé on Hahnemühle paper, edition 4/20,
image 49.5 x 37.5 cm; sheet 70.0 x 54.0 cm
Basil Hall Editions
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased with the assistance of Cathryn Mittelheuser AM in memory of Margaret Mittelheuser AM, 2015.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and grahame galleries + editions.
Photo: Carl Warner

Judy Watson: concealed histories presents a selection of the artist’s etchings and paintings held in The University of Queensland Art Collection. Watson is a prolific Brisbane artist, who belongs to the Waanyi people of North-West Queensland. The works selected demonstrate Watson’s research-driven practice, which allows her to reveal concealed histories by exploring scholarly research, archival records and museum collections.

Shirley Macnamara
Saturday, 18 August, 2018 to Saturday, 24 November, 2018

Shirley Macnamara Well of remembering 2016
spinifex, bullock bone cross, emu feathers and fixative
28.0 x 26.0 x 20.0 cm
Collection of the University of Queensland, purchased 2017.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.

‘A landscape of spinifex rings’ is how this acclaimed senior Indigenous artist from north-west Queensland describes the suspended woven work that forms the centrepiece of her exhibition. Working with Triodia (spinifex), a native grass common to this arid landscape, Shirley Macnamara’s contemporary fibre art stands for generations of traditional knowledge, the resilience of her people, and the need to care for Country. In works comprising spinifex, emu feathers, bone and ochre, the artist draws attention to the environment and the histories concerning her people, including Aboriginal military service. Macnamara’s woven vessel, Nyurruga Muulawaddi, which won the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award at the 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2017, is a highlight of the exhibition.