RED BANK, NJ - Recurring themes in Jennifer Watson’s artwork deal with gender, mass consumerism, transformation and the objectification of women, which she often portrays through a type of Barbie Doll Avatar. Most recently, her paintings have become dreamlike, suggesting narratives within the prism of humor, beauty and an incisive intellect. They also synthesize childhood memory and nostalgia; innocence and worldliness; and themes of play and danger. A rich psychological layer exists as a pastel palette seals the imagery in an emotional amber that illuminates this terrain.
A distinctive approach is taken during her painting process, producing obsessive, precise, thinly applied layers of paint with skillful, very subtle brushwork. In recent paintings, the extremely detailed application of layers and colors creates a personal, visual language (or 'fingerprint') in which the figures' hair and skin become patterns and reflections - 'formal' interpretations of the surfaces of artificial, plastic, mass produced objects.
Watson’s work in general not only questions physical form and beauty influenced by mass culture, advertisements and the pervasiveness of cosmetic enhancements, but our psychological perceived reality as we personally experience less and less due to technology and the synthetic/artificial in our world - causing our reality to increasingly resemble dreams or memories.
Jennifer Watson is a recipient of the NJ State Council on the Arts Painting Fellowship and has had solo exhibitions at R.Jampol Project(s), NY, and Solo(s) Project House, NJ. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Watson holds a degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied visual arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She resides in Long Branch, NJ, and works in Newark, NJ.
In the main gallery space at Art Alliance, Watson will jury work on the themes Heads Up and Field of Dreams.
An Artists’ Reception will be held Saturday, February 2nd, from 6-8 PM. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. The exhibition is on view February 2 - 26, Tuesday – Saturday, 12-4 PM. Free of charge. Art Alliance of Monmouth County, 33 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.
For more information, visit the website at www.artallianceofmonmouth.org, or visit or call the gallery during operating hours, (732) 842-9403.
Founded in 1978, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the visual arts and providing exhibition, studio, and classroom space to local artists. New members are always welcome.
Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers. Membership fee is $40 per year, $25 for students with id. Benefits of membership include reduced entry fee for all exhibits ($5 per piece for up to 3 pieces for members; $10 per piece for non-members); affordable studio space; diverse classes and workshops; networking opportunities; the possibility of mounting an independent exhibit during the summer. In addition, the Art Alliance maintains a website, a bi-monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page.
Programming at the Art Alliance is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the arts.