I am a collector of many things. Over the years I have collected all sorts of ephemera—vintage storybooks, old bingo cards, the fortunes from every cookie I ever ate—so I have a wealth of collage material at hand.
Beauty is more about the hidden than the revealed and in my recent body of work “Wallflower”, inspiration is taken directly from my trove of vintage wallpapers. Using oil, enamel and paper, female forms are cropped as close as the secrets they keep; seeing a body without the face that goes with it feels voyeuristic and incomplete. Consciously or not, we search for what isn’t there and we want to know more…
A nostalgic look at the present continues in “A Bevy of Beauties”. This series began as a fascination with the old “birds” in the suburbs getting together and playing bingo each week in local community halls all across Australia. Small portraits of backyard birds over playing cards and bingo games have evolved to become unlikely, rather cheeky, portraits of ourselves.
Finding wit within longing, my practice is underpinned by notions of self-possession and the necessity of being content with our
Jessica Watts grew up in Sydney and began her career in New York where she enjoyed a successful career as a highly awarded advertising art director. During this time she started accepting commissions to create artworks for private clients.
She has since returned to Sydney to concentrate on her art full time. In 2013 she expanded her practice to include sculpture. She was shortlisted for the Taronga Zoo Rhino Sculpture Project and her work was selected for Art in Odd Places, an annual international public art festival. She was also commissioned by Pittwater Council to install a series of paintings in the foyer of Mona Vale Library, Sydney.
Jessica exhibits regularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland. Her work has been placed in numerous private collections across the world including Munich, New York, Auckland, London, Montreal, Sao Paolo and Los Angeles.
Jessica is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space in Queensland and Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay.