Judy and the Jacaranda
paper, polyester film, pigment ink,
waxed linen thread
6½ x 8½ x ¼
edition of 14
Judy and the Jacaranda is my response to the poem Learning Absence by Rosemary Dobson. The book explores a traditional Japanese theme, the progression of seasons as a metaphor for the cycle of life. Drawing a portrait of a woman over 80 years, Judy’s changing identity is visualised on a back-drop of seasonal changes in a Jacaranda tree. The use of translucent pages created images that build up slowly, echoing the progression of time.
Amanda Watson-Will is an Australian artist specialising in artists books. She studied ceramics winning the Craft Queensland Prize on graduation. She completed a Masters of Fine Art, concentrating on artists’ books and ephemeral installations. She is a founding member of the artists’ collective Book*Art*Object and for the past six years, she has also maintained her personal blog (http://amandawatson-will.blogspot.com) where she shares “studio secrets”. She participates in juried exhibitions around Australia, and her work is held in private and public collections.