Core Drawing: Visiting Artist Esther Pearl Watson

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 09:00am to 09:50am
UNT University Union Lyceum

Core Drawing Welcomes Visiting Artist Esther Pearl Watson

September 15th, 2017
9:00-9:50am in the Lyceum, University Union
10:00-10:50am in Room 104, GAB

Blackhole Backfire: New Artwork by Esther Pearl Watson at Webb Gallery in Waxahahie, TX

Opening Reception:
Sunday Sept. 17, 4:00-7:00pm

Though Watson’s paintings look simple, childish, and unassuming, their peculiar but sophisticated adoption of an outsider aesthetic—cannily sidestepping a contemporary aversion to such simple, folksy imagery—raises challenging questions about how we define and understand her work as art.

"Thinking through the complex layering of personal and social narratives, authentic and adopted voices, there is something distinctively modern—and even postmodern—about paintings that otherwise bear aesthetic affinity to Grandma Moses. Watson’s paintings layer sweetness over a thinly veiled subtext of painful disorientation. They depict splintered narratives, real experience and the daydreams we invent to protect ourselves from reality. Watson is trying to reconcile the conflict between interior and exterior worlds, bringing both together into a singular, unified romantic vision." - Peter Simek, D Magazine, May 2015

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