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Claire Watson
updated: 05/12/2011
website: www.clairewatson.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Cause to recoil
O
Perambulation
8's
In future
Unfinished portrait
Which is cause to recoil
Which hides the lucky rock
Also a hiding place
Twister
Which is cause to recoil
Which goes head first
Which rhymes with Harriet
Which was not what I intended
In which I hide my lucky rock
 
Portfolio Keywords:  pattern, repetition, surreal, humor, memory, feminist, conceptual, figurative
 
 
Cause to recoil by Claire Watson
Cause to recoil
Ink on paper
2011
20" x  26" 
O by Claire Watson
O
Ink on paper
2011
20 " x  26" 
Perambulation by Claire Watson
Perambulation
Ink on paper
2011
20" x  26" 
8's by Claire Watson
8's
Ink on paper
2011
20" x  26" 
In future by Claire Watson
In future
Ink on paper
2011
20" x  26" 
Unfinished portrait by Claire Watson
Unfinished portrait
Ink on paper
2011
20 " x  26 " 
Which is cause to recoil by Claire Watson
Which is cause to recoil
Ink and charcoal on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
Which hides the lucky rock by Claire Watson
Which hides the lucky rock
Ink and charcoal on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
Also a hiding place by Claire Watson
Also a hiding place
Ink and charcoal on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
Twister by Claire Watson
Twister
Ink and charcoal on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
Which is cause to recoil by Claire Watson
Which is cause to recoil
Manila rope, wire, twine
2011
38" x  16"  x 16" 
Which goes head first by Claire Watson
Which goes head first
Manila rope, wire, twine; hung with nylon monofilament
2011
26" x  46"  x 26" 
Which rhymes with Harriet by Claire Watson
Which rhymes with Harriet
Manila rope, wire, twine
2011
28" x  24"  x 21" 
Which was not what I intended by Claire Watson
Which was not what I intended
Manila rope, steel rod, wire, twine
2011
48 " x  36"  x 36" 
In which I hide my lucky rock by Claire Watson
In which I hide my lucky rock
Manila rope, twine, stone
2011
12" x  12"  x 15" 

Artist Statement

 

Nots (2011) is a body of work that explores the raveling and unraveling of metaphysical knots through sculpture and drawing.  Certain materials have poetic properties that evoke feelings or ideas I would be unable to express in any other medium, and I have lately become attracted to the Manila rope in my local hardware store.   To work with it is to wrestle with it: it is rangy and muscular, and it has a long memory.  It is linear and gestural, it is taut and slack; it progresses from natural disorder to constructed order in the transformation of fiber to yarn to strand to rope to knot and back again.  A knot is an artifact of intelligence and a simple means to stop, stymie, fasten or hold.  It may also become an unknot, coiling and looping endlessly into itself in connected and continuous strands.  Knots are puzzles, and like mathematical equations they are either true, or else.  Beginning with drawing, I envision patterns within the objects to be constructed, and encounter the inevitable gaps between my ideas and the material results of my efforts.  The imagined sculptures, the subjects of these drawings, become actual knotted constructions that unweave and tangle into characters that embody contradiction.  Returning to drawing, I render the tangible objects and the shadows they cast.