Eleanor Watson, Habitat

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Eleanor Watson, Habitat

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Young Masters Art Prize Shortlisted Artist 2014

Eleanor Watson reflects on found photographs of manmade spaces and re-tells them in paint; hoarding aspirational domestic interiors and gardens which are part of a collective imagery of common desires. What is immediately familiar and recognisable is left uncertain by the flattened rendering of the objects and the incongruous use of colour. The inhabitants are absent; neither anticipated nor unimaginable. Empty of characters, the spaces tell disjointed stories. Watson’s recent work contains a heightened sense of drama, the colours are uncomfortable and the contrasts are greater. The canvases are heavy with information and description, at times reminiscent of passages from a Gothic novel and at others a sci-fi thriller. Watson’s work is informed greatly by the tradition of domestic interior painting. Her references range from early Roman Frescoes, to the Dutch Golden Age, late 19th Century, early 20th Century and present day.