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ISBN # 0-9582359-0-2
8 pages plus A2 pull-out poster
Working from a long-term fascination with the history, politics
and aesthetics of mapping and map making, particularly in reference
to the history of Western conquests in land ownership, Watsons
work in Without Parachute draws on archival maps and aerial photography
sourced from the museum Air Force World. Reproduced, not on paper
or screen, but printed onto a delicate silken dress, we see a birds
eye view of quilted paddocks and braided rivers, between folds of
cloth, and shaped to the wearers body.
The catalog to accompany this stunning exhibition by Ruth Watson,
this publication includes photographic documentation, two essays
What Colour Is Your
Parachute by Christchurch arts writer Andrew Paul Wood, and
From The Air by
gallerist and critic Jonathan Smart, and a giant pull-out poster
work as well!
In From the Air Jonathan Smart describes Without Parachute as "typical
of Watsons ability to inflect the post-colonial with a visual
construct both willfully cross-disciplined and resolutely informed"
while Andrew Paul Wood eloquently argues a case for Watsons
work offering "something of a human and spiritual dimension
to our cartographic imaginings" which is often lacking in a
post-colonial world where identity is erroded and uncertain.
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27 February - 28 March, 2002
Without Parachute : Ruth Watson
Essay by Sarah Farrar
Article in Physics Room Annual 2002