Spine 4. Judy Watson.
Judy Watson

Spine 4


33 x 25 cm 

Numbered 17/30


Another copy of this print is available 


This print belongs to a four-part series (with 'Spine 1', 'Spine 2' and 'Spine 3') through 

which Watson continues her exploration into archetypal symbols and motifs which connect 

her practice to her own Aboriginal artistic heritage and to  contemporary discourses on 

museology, archaeology, anthroplogy, etc., and how these disciplines impact on 

Indigenous aspirations and experience. Watson's stark spine motif is a symbol of strength 

and loss against an evocative background through which her characteristic whorl-like forms 


This etching was produced by a process known as chine colle in which Japanese iwake 

rice paper forms an additional texture and printing surface. It was produced while the artist 

was a resident of the NT and a part-time painting lecturer at the Charles Darwin 

University's School of Art & 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 



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