Sought-after Sydney artist, Jessica Watts, presents her latest solo exhibition, ‘Sense of Place’, where she will display paintings and sculptures that explore a feminine ecosystem.
Running from November 22 to December 16 at Sydney Road Gallery, Ms Watts takes gender clichés and re-appropriates them into positive and empowering pieces of art. The paintings are directly inspired by her collection of vintage wallpapers.
“The idea of re-appropriation isn’t new but the process of repurposing a stereotype and turning negative ideas into positive parts of our own identity is powerful,” said Ms Watts.
“The act of claiming an identity can be transformational. I often refer to my paintings as ‘Wallflowers’, and perhaps this is why they have been so well received as it reflects what we see in ourselves.”
Ms Watts’ multi-layered paintings possess a meditative quality. The repetitive working and reworking of her themes of wallpaper, the female body, flowers, and birds is like a personal mantra.
Ms Watts has been commissioned to paint a mural inside the new Three Beans Café, part of the Dee Why Town Centre redevelopment, also opening this November.
Ms Watts exhibits extensively in Australia and Japan. This is her only solo show in Sydney this year.