Born 1959, Mundubbera, Queensland. Lives and works in Brisbane. Waanyi people.
Judy Watson was born in 1959 in Mundubbera, Queensland, Australia. She graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in 1979, the University of Tasmania in 1982 and the Monash University in Gippsland in 1986, and currently lives and works in Brisbane. Watson’s matrilineal family is from Waanyi country in Northwest Queensland and her oeuvre – which includes painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and video – is inspired by Aboriginal history and culture. It is often concerned with collective memory and uses archival documents to unveil institutionalised discrimination against Aboriginal people.
Judy Watson has collaborated with other printers on many occasions. In 1997 she had a residency at Northern Editions and produced this series. The previous year, Watson had visited the Horniman Museum and British Museum in London, researching collections belonging to her people, the Waanyi of northwest Queensland.
Watson co-represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1997. Her recent solo exhibitions include the scarifier, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville (2016) and A Case Study Judy Watson, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie (2016). Her work was included in Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past, Tate Britain, London (2015) and Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation, British Museum, London (2015). Her work is held in public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, the British Museum and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. She was the 2015 recipient of the Australia Council Visual Arts Award.